The Dallas Cowboys return to Oxnard, California in late July to open the franchise’s 63rd training camp.
With practice sessions and other events open to the public, here’s everything you need to know if you’re thinking about making the trip out West:
Where is training camp?
Oxnard is in the Southwestern region of California. From Los Angeles, it’s a 1-hour and 15-minute drive West.
The closest airport is Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), which is 45-minutes North of Oxnard.
Once you’re in the Golden State, the location of Cowboys training camp is River Ridge Playing Fields. The address is 2501 Ventura Rd, Oxnard, CA 93036.
When is training camp?
Cowboys players report on July 25th, but workouts don’t begin until the 27th, which is the first practice open to fans. There are 12 practices open to the public with the last one taking place on August 10th. Gates open at various times depending on the day, so check this page for full scheduling details.
How much does it cost to get in?
The practices are free to enter, but there is an attendance capacity. So arrive as early as possible to ensure you can get in.
You will need to pay for parking and like the practices, the lots have limited capacity. So early arrival and carpooling are encouraged. On weekdays, cars and trucks cost $10 to park, while oversized vehicles cost $20. On the weekend, there’s a $10 premium added to each price.
Why you should go
Cowboys training camp prides itself on being very family-friendly. The activities and entertainment options outside of watching the practices includes:
- Exclusive Cowboys and training camp merchandise
- VIP experiences available for Dallas Cowboys United members
- Autograph signings
- Appearances by Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Rowdy
- Live entertainment on the weekends
Position battles to watch
This year’s roster looks a lot different than last season’s. Dallas either traded, released or let the following players walk in free agency: Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory, La’el Collins and Cedrick Wilson.
With these 2021 starters gone, current Cowboys have a chance to prove themselves in training camp and preseason to earn playing time.
Rooke Jalen Tolbert and veteran James Washington will be battling it out for the third spot on Dallas’ wide receiver depth chart. Tolbert has been getting rave reviews from teammates and coaches this offseason, but Washington has four years of experience with the Pittsburgh Steelers under his belt.Tyler Smith was Dallas’ first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He played left tackle at Tulsa, but only appeared in 18 college game. So he’ll start his career at left guard until he proves he’s ready to handle the extra workload at tackle. But he’ll have to win the spot from Connor McGovern, who is entering his third year as a pro. With the Cowboys in win-now mode, it’s not a lock that the rookies will start from day one.