Cowboys Field Prepped for Playoffs

Fans flock to new stadium for first-ever playoff in Arlington

By Kevin Cokely
|  Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 11:13 AM CDT
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Cowboys Stadium was prepping Friday for its first playoff game, and fans were gearing up for Cowboys vs. Eagles II.

Damien Miller brought his family from Connecticut to see their first NFL game -- Saturday night's Cowboy's wild-card playoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm nervous, because I know it's hard to beat a team three times in a season," said Miller. "So, I'm nervous. I'm worried. I don't want this to be my first game where they actually lose."

Fans taking a tour of the stadium Friday afternoon watched as workers painted the "NFL PLAYOFFS" logo at midfield, another first for the new Cowboys Stadium. Fans inside the Pro Shop snapped up T-shirts and other merchandise to wear Saturday night.

"It's amazing. It's what Jerry Jones wanted. It's what all us Cowboys fans wanted. It's something that we dream of," said Tommy Vaca, a Cowboys fan from El Paso."Everything says, 'Five-Time Super Bowl.' We want six this year, and we can do it. The first year here, it'd be nice."

The NFL sets higher ticket prices for playoff games, including up to $10,000 for a ticket to a suite. But even with the increase in cost, the Cowboys are expecting about 95,000 fans at Saturday's game -- not quite the record set during the first home game, but close.

With temperatures near freezing on Saturday, the stadium's retractable roof will stay closed for the game.

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