SAN ANTONIO, Texas — This isn’t the Dallas Cowboys’ first training camp in the Alamodome, but it still boggles the mind to see an NFL team conduct its entire camp indoors. You’re so used to these summer sessions being held on a college campus, under the hot sun, in some remote location.
But the Cowboys are back here for the fourth time because it provides, for them, a superb working atmosphere, convenience, and plenty of seats for thousands of fans at each practice.
The dome provides a constant, 72-degree environment that keeps the players out of the searing heat outside and they like working on the artificial turf. Coaches, players, and staff are housed at the nearby Hyatt Hotel, where meetings are held and meals are served.
The Cowboys were here in 2002 and 2003. They moved camp to Oxnard, Calif., from 2004-2006, returned here in ’07, and went back to Oxnard last year because of a conflict with a major convention that had been scheduled here.
For what it’s worth, the Cowboys have only has two regular seasons of double-digit wins since winning 10 games in 1998, and they both came after holding camp in the Alamodome (’03, when they were 10-6, and ’07, when they went 13-3).