Cowboys Playoff Tickets Selling for Top Dollar

Team expects full house for Saturday's rematch with Eagles

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    NBCDFW.com/Jane Geelan
    Little fan shows his Dallas Cowboy colors.

    Cowboys fans are scrambling to get tickets to the team's first playoff game in Cowboys Stadium.

    Hundreds of fans braved more than five hours in the cold Monday morning for a ticket to Saturday's game. An Eagles fan was the first in line at 5 a.m.; tickets didn't officially go on sale until 10 a.m.

    “Today has been busy,” said Steve Boyett, manger of the Ticket Source. “From the time we walked in the door, things have been going."

    Just more than 100,000 fans filled the stadium Sunday to watch the Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles for the division title. And the team expects another sellout crowd for Saturday's rematch.

    According to the Web site Stubhub.com, fans are paying an average of $218 for a ticket to the playoff game, compared to $191 for a ticket to Sunday's regular-season ender.

    Dallas ticket broker Texas Tickets estimates it sold about 300 playoff tickets Monday.

    “I think the cheapest face value seat was $85, and they are going for double, and the top price, $500 -- those were going for $750,” said Scott Baima, owner of Texas Tickets.

    As of Monday, he still had about 200 tickets to sell before Saturday’s game.

    “They sell themselves,” said competing broker Steve Boyett. “People know the Cowboys, want to see them play and will spend money to do it."

    Cowboys Stadium had 100,621 fans Sunday night, when the Cowboys won the division title. Only the first game at the new venue drew a bigger crowd -- when the team sold nearly 30,000 standing-room-only tickets.

    Ever since then, the city has limited the number of Party Passes to just 14,500.

    After Sunday night's game, Arlington Assistant Fire Chief Don Crowson said he is satisfied with the measures put in place for capacity crowds.

    Depending on the demand, the Cowboys could sell tickets to the plazas outside the building, where fans would watch the action on huge video screens. But that's unlikely, with temperatures expected to be near freezing Saturday night.

    In other Cowboys news, team spokesman Brett Daniels said a computer glitch caused the huge video screen and scoreboard to briefly go out during Sunday's game.

    The computer that controls the board was programmed to shut off at 6 p.m. when the game was originally scheduled to begin at noon. But when the game was moved to later in the day, no one remembered to change the programming.

    Techs got the board back on within seconds.