The Dallas Cowboys are moving. Like most moves, it'll be a costly one. Unlike most moves, the final price tag will total $1.5 billion.
Starting next season, the Cowboys' practice facility will no longer be based at Valley Ranch. Instead, the team will be relocating over to a Frisco-based facility called The Star. Apparently, The Star, once it's finished, will cost more than the construction of AT&T Stadium -- the gold standard of all stadiums.
Again, The Star will cost $1.5 billion!
When the Cowboys built AT&T Stadium it started it 750 million and grew to $1.2 billion. The practice facility will have a bigger final price— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 4, 2016
When all 90 acres of The Star in Frisco are complete it will total around $1.5 billion. That's more than the cost of building AT&T Stadium— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 4, 2016
So, why is it so expensive? Thanks to the Dallas Morning News, we know that it includes a 16-story hotel, an event center, a members-only club, practice fields, restaurants and retail stores, office space and an underground parking garage. The Star also features a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, which will be shared with high school teams, and a sports medicine center, which will be available for public use and will hopefully be able to develop an artificial, superior collarbone for Tony Romo.
The Cowboys, luckily, won't foot the entire bill. They're partnering with the city and the schools, who will act as part owners. According to the Dallas Morning News, the city will be responsible for $60 million and the school district will owe $30 million. The Cowboys will pay for the rest.
As you can see below, there's still some work to be done to get it looking like a $1.5 billion facility:
Here's what the Cowboys new practice facility The Star in Frisco is looking like these days pic.twitter.com/1qydYPP2lm— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) May 4, 2016
But, here's what The Star will eventually look like:
There are 31 NFL teams, and then Jerry Jones' Cowboys, a team that operates in a completely different universe. If only their recent off-the-field accomplishments translated over to the actual football field.
Wink of the CBS eye to The Dallas Morning News