Last week when Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the media he mentioned that he was operating as if Oxnard, California was going to serve as the home for his team’s training camp this summer. The status of Oxnard has been up in the air for the Cowboys as they had to get approval from the NFL for having their camp somewhere other than their home headquarters.
Dallas was forced to hold training camp at The Star in Frisco last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic that began in March of 2020. The Cowboys have generally held training camp in Oxnard in recent years and it is somewhere they like to be and operate out of as they put together preparations for the upcoming season.
Mike McCarthy can go ahead and take the question mark off of the team’s plans. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Cowboys received the needed-go ahead and will be holding training camp in Oxnard with fan attendance being allowed starting July 22nd.
It’s now official. Dallas Cowboys training camp is returning to Oxnard, California pic.twitter.com/v8qqcqIVuu— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 15, 2021
This year’s training camp will be unique in that the Cowboys are playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. They will depart Oxnard on Wednesday, August 4th to play the game the following day and then will return to Oxnard afterwards. What’s more is that the Cowboys will officially hold joint practices with the Los Angeles rams starting on Saturday, August 7th so they will get a chance to compete against one of the better teams in the NFC.
Dallas will finish the Oxnard portion of training camp on Thursday, August 12th when they will head to Arizona for their preseason game against the Cardinals (Kyler Murray will likely be interested in the game). Dallas will then head home for their final two preseason games before they hit the road for the season opener on September 9th against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Seeing the Cowboys train in Oxnard will definitely provide a more normal feel for our favorite football team. Mike McCarthy has yet to host training camp there himself so it will be interesting to see the team in its old stomping grounds under a new regime.
Who will be heading on out to Oxnard?