Is America's Team headed to Frisco?

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 7:57 PM

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FRISCO — Are the Dallas Cowboys moving their practice facility from Irving to Frisco? The mayors of both cities are staying fairly tight-lipped on the issue, while speculation is growing.

Dallas Cowboys royalty passes through the doors of Bruno's Ristorante on a regular basis. "We go back to Troy Aikman, when he was playing here Tony Romo," said Bruno Ceka, the owner of the business located about two miles north of Valley Ranch.

Ceka opened Bruno's 25 years ago — the same year Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys. Since then, he has served all the head coaches as well as players and staff from the practice facility.

Ceka said he'd hate to see them depart. "The Cowboys leaving Valley Ranch is going to have an economic impact on Valley Ranch and also Irving as a city."

The land in Frisco that could become the next home of the Cowboys is located just off the Dallas North Tollway at Warren Parkway, not far from the Stonebriar Centre Mall.

It would be the latest jewel in a Frisco sports crown that already includes the Dallas Stars, Frisco RoughRiders and FC Dallas.

"It's not the city's practice to discuss potential business dealings," said Frisco Mayor Maher Maso. "We do not confirm or deny any economic development projects the city may or may not be working on."

For Irving, the shutdown of Valley Ranch would spell another loss of a major sports facility.

First, the Cowboys built their new stadium in Arlington.

Then the Byron Nelson Golf Championship announced it is moving to South Dallas.

"Irving city leaders met with the Cowboys multiple times in an effort to retain their headquarters in Irving," said Mayor Beth Van Duyne. "The only discussions we’re involved in are those that keep the Cowboys in Irving."

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