HS Playoff Games at Cowboy Stadium Aren't Cheap

By Omar Villafranca
|  Thursday, Nov 12, 2009  |  Updated 7:37 AM CDT
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HS Games at Cowboys Stadiums Aren't Cheap

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The Arlington ISD is paying $30,000 to hold its high school playoffs at Cowboys Stadium.

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HS Games at Cowboys Stadiums Aren't Cheap

The Arlington ISD is paying $30,000 to hold its high school playoffs at Cowboys Stadium.
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Fans are getting ready for the first playoff game at Cowboys Stadium, but it won't be the Dallas Cowboys on the field; several Texas high school football teams will be playing.

But the cost of playing at Cowboy Stadium isn't free.

The Arlington Independent School District had to pay $7,500 per team to play in the stadium. With four teams in playoffs playing on the field, that comes to a $30,000 price tag.

The district hopes to make the money back through ticket sales to the games.  Arlington ISD's athletic director I.C. Little said presales of the tickets are doing well.

"We cannot give this experience to our kids anywhere else," he said. "And I think if you talk to anyone, to some of these other people that didn't get in there that wanted to be in there, they'd be telling you the same thing."

Little said the experience is memorable for more than just the football team and the fans.

"Our band gets to perform in there, our drill teams are going to perform in there, and our cheerleaders are going to perform in there," Little said.

Dallas Cowboys spokesperson Brett Daniels said the stadium will also reap the benefits from parking fees ($10) and from stadium concessions.

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