Plans are in the works for Texas Tech to have a spring football session this year at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ newly opened headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, A-J Media has learned.
The Red Raiders also will hold a scrimmage in Midland for the fifth year in a row, a source said, and play a night spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium. The three events would take place on consecutive Saturdays.
The tentative times and dates are 1 p.m. March 25 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, 3 p.m. April 1 at The Star in Frisco and 6 or 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Jones AT&T Stadium. The times are subject to change. The Tech baseball team hosts Baylor at 2 p.m. April 8, and Tech officials want to schedule the spring football game at a time fans can attend both, one after the other.
The Star is the 91-acre campus that serves as the Cowboys’ headquarters. The $1.5 billion facility opened in August. Among its amenities is the 12,000-seat Ford Center, an indoor stadium that serves as home to Frisco ISD teams.
Tech would be the first college team to have an event at The Star. Tech also might have university admissions and recruitment personnel on hand, “making it like a Tech-palooza type of event,” a source said.
Staging a spring football day in Frisco would be another indication of the value Tech places on its alumni base in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The last eight years, the Tech-Baylor football game has been played seven times at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and once at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Tech hasn’t had a spring game at Jones AT&T Stadium since 2014. Tech officials said the stadium was unavailable in the spring of 2015 because of a seat-replacement project. The 2016 spring game scheduled for Jones AT&T Stadium was canceled because of weather forecasts for bad weather that day.
This year’s game is expected to be under the lights with an on-field autograph session afterward with coaches and players.