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Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Schedule Announced

By July 10, 2009

After a long (OK, only one season) absence from San Antonio, the Dallas Cowboys are making their way back to the Alamo City for their annual training camp. And while this season won't be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" like last season (the Bengals will have that honor), there is sure to be plenty of story lines and drama coming out of camp. Thankfully none of that drama will be due to T.O.

Tuesday, July 28 is the Kickoff Event with the first practice being the next day at 2:15 p.m. From there, the Cowboys hold a few one-a-day and several two-a-day practices, most of which are open to the public. The first scrimmage is an away game vs. the Oakland Raiders on August 13.

The official Dallas Cowboys site has the full schedule for all of the Alamodome-based practices.

UPDATE: Here is the latest info about the big Kickoff Party on Tuesday, July 28, 2009.


July 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm
(1) Becky says:

I heard somewhere you had to have tickets to the Dallas Cowboy training camp anyone have any more info?

July 27, 2009 at 9:53 am
(2) sanantonio says:

Hi Becky. The kickoff is free but there are VIP tickets available, I wrote about them in today’s blog. I hope this helps!

July 27, 2009 at 11:27 am
(3) ms. e. says:

Are all cowboys practices free?

July 27, 2009 at 11:55 am
(4) sanantonio says:

Yes, they are all free. BUT, parking will set you back $10 per car in the Alamodome parking lot. It may be possible to find cheaper parking somewhere around the Dome, but that means a long hike to the entrance. Since it is supposed to get close to or over 100 degrees all week, that could be rough. So budget $10 per practice for that.

July 28, 2009 at 7:48 am
(5) ms .e. says:

Do we need tickets to the kickoff event or any of the practices?

July 28, 2009 at 10:17 am
(6) sanantonio says:

Hi ms .e.!
No tickets are necessary for any of the event. However, it is possible to get VIP tickets for tonight’s kickoff that lets you bypass some lines and get free food and beverage. You can still get in without the VIP tickets, but no free food and drinks or other VIP perks. Find out how to get these tickets in this yesterday’s blog post.

July 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm
(7) madbomber06 says:

where are the cowboys scrimmaging the raiders? in sa? when?

July 28, 2009 at 10:53 pm
(8) sanantonio says:

Hi madbomber!

The scrimmage vs. the Oakland Raiders is on August 13, and unfortunately is an away game, so it won’t be at the Alamodome.

July 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm
(9) Castrose says:

What is a walkthrough? I saw that listed on some of the practices and wasn’t sure exactly what that meant…

July 29, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(10) sanantonio says:

Hi Castrose!

A walkthrough is generally the final practice before a game or scrimmage where you make sure that everyone understands the game plan and plays. So instead of an intense practice like you might be used to with lots of action, there may be a lot of downtime as people make sure they are in the right place, understand the plays, signals, etc.

Hope this helps!

July 30, 2009 at 9:13 am
(11) carlos says:

Hi, how long is each individual practice?

July 30, 2009 at 12:34 pm
(12) sanantonio says:

Hi Carlos!

Each practice generally lasts about two hours. Many players will hang out for 5-10 minutes to sign autographs after each practice along the sidelines and end zones. After that, you will be ushered out by Alamodome staff.

July 31, 2009 at 4:57 am
(13) stan says:

Do they only allow a certain amount of people in and is it a good idea to get there early (if so how early)? Also, what part of the arena do I need to go to get into the practice? (I’m not from SA, but will be in town in a couple weeks and want to see one of the practices.)

July 31, 2009 at 8:50 am
(14) sanantonio says:

Hi Stan!

So happy you will be visiting our fair city! I have never heard of them cutting off at a certain amount of people. The Alamodome when configured for football is humongous. And since they sell concessions and souvenirs, the more the merrier!

However, if you want good seating (particularly if you want the players to sign something after the practice), it is best to get there early.

For a morning (8:50 a.m.) practice, the doors open at 8:00 a.m. I would be there early simply because you can easily get caught in terrible traffic at that hour in and around the Alamodome, since it is downtown.

For afternoon sessions that start at 3:15 p.m., the doors generally open around 2-2:15 p.m. You may want to be there by 1:00 p.m. or so for good seating.

If seating isn’t a priority for you, then you can show up later but keep in mind the lines may be really long and the heat blazing.

For those who want to attend both ends of a two-a-day practice, there is no tailgating in the Alamodome parking lot. So if you want to leave and get something to eat and get out of the heat, you will have to pay a second time for parking when you come back. That means a total of $20.

Food and drinks are not allowed inside but concessions are sold. You should bring cash as the ATM machines inside are not only scarce but charge an arm and a leg in fees.

As for where to go, Lots B and C are open two hours before each practice to begin parking. Click on the schedule in the blog post for the full schedule. Once you park in B or C, it will be very easy to follow the crowd to the main entrance to begin lining up for practice. People are generally very friendly and share a camaraderie. There are also usually tents outside selling souvenirs.

I hope this helps, Stan. If you have any other questions feel free to let me know here or you can email me at sanantonio.guide@about.com.

August 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(15) jackie says:

hey, thankx for all the gr8 infoz. however had a question. one of my frens told me that although the camp is free, we have to be a member of the true blue or some kind of fan club to enter. is this true??

August 1, 2009 at 4:42 pm
(16) sanantonio says:

Hi Jackie!

You do NOT have to be a member of True Blue (which is the Dallas Cowboys fan club). However, if you happen to be a member, you can use your membership card to bypass the long lines and get in before everyone else so that you can get good seats and a better chance at autographs.

August 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm
(17) nic e. says:

what days do the cowboys practice which days are two a day practices?

August 4, 2009 at 3:43 pm
(18) janie says:

So there are practices on Saturdays?

August 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm
(19) sanantonio says:

Hi Janie!

There actually TWO practices on Saturdays! Click here to see my new article with the full schedule for practice times and an estimate of how early to get there for each one.

August 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm
(20) Willy says:

what do they do after the 19th?

August 17, 2009 at 10:35 pm
(21) sanantonio says:

They break camp then go up to Arlington, where the new stadium is located. They will have their first official practice there which will be open to the public and media, then get ready for pre-season football.

July 11, 2010 at 2:24 am
(22) carlos says:

Hi Melissa, was wondering on how to obtain vip passes or the ones where u get to stand by the tunnel. Been driving to SA and Austin for the past couple of years and I would like to get a little bit closer.

August 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(23) Michael says:

What do the VIP tickets consit of at the training camp in Oxnard?

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