How much will Cowboys-Texans tickets set you back?

HOUSTON The win sets up a big showdown this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys, but if you thought about going to the game and you were going to a ticket broker, get ready for some sticker shock.

Sharon Taylor has the shirt, the hat, the lanyard and the hanky. But she still does not have tickets to the game.

"If I could afford it, I would be up there in the sky box," she said.

Fifty yard-line tickets being sold by ticket brokers for Sunday's Texans-Cowboys game are approaching $1,000 each.

And the cheap seats? Not so cheap right now.

"Two-hundred-and-fifty dollars, $275 each upstairs," said Kayla Ramsey with Midtown Tickets. "The 300 level, the mezzanine end zones are running about $350, $375."

Ramsey says demand for Houston Texans tickets has never been this great or the prices for tickets this high.

"This is the biggest one I've seen in the nine years the Texans have been in existence and the eight years I have been in this business," she said. "I mean, it is crazy."

Ramsey says the demand has brought out plenty of sellers, especially season ticket holders looking to recoup the full costs of season tickets on one game.

"They look at it for selling this year's season," said Ramsey. "They may go to a couple of games, but everybody is selling."

For some fans, the next best thing to being in the stadium is being at the game. Sharon Taylor and Chris Roberts are planning to buy a parking pass.

"We are going to try to go tailgating, go out, get a couple of friends, everybody pitch in, a barbecue pit, get a cooler, hang out with the fans," said Roberts.

Even parking passes without tickets are being sought after by fans who want the game experience, but just can't pay to see this game in person.

"It is almost more popular than the tickets. It really, really is," said Ramsey. "People don't want to pay $250 or $275 to go upstairs so they say, hey, let's park and tailgate."

There are several ways to buy and sell tickets online. Stub Hub, eBay and CraigsList have tickets all within the same price range. But be very careful when buying online. Be sure you are getting real tickets, not photocopies.

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