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Costly Playoff Tickets

Updated Monday --- January 14, 2008 -- 5:45pm

Costly Playoff Tickets in High Demand

"We're Green Bay Packer fans so it's definitely better than printing any other team, that's for sure," Brandon Pietruszynski says.

Packers -- not politics -- on the minds of football fans in Wisconsin this week, but watching the game in person will cost you!

A Green Bay ticket broker calls demand for seats to Sunday's NFC championship game unprecedented.

Tickets on sale on EBay appear to start at several hundred dollars. That's leaving some to consider watching the game from home, decked out in their favorite Packer gear.

Hot off the press this election year, Wisconsin is backing number four perhaps like never before. The newest creation of Top Promotions reads like a campaign button -- "Favre for President."

"Absolutely. He's got my vote for sure," Pietruszynski of Top Promotions says.

The Middleton company's standing-by to print NFC championship shirts after Sunday's game, regardless of which team wins.

"Hopefully we'll be printing Packer stuff," he says.

While staff here will watch -- and wait, Doug Strander hopes to watch the game from a seat at Lambeau.

"What do I want to spend? As little as possible," Strander says.

But Strander is possibly out of luck, at least at this point. You can find a short list of Wisconsin-based ticket brokers by logging onto the industry association's website. Calls to a couple of the dealers -- if you can get through on the phone -- show prices at least five hundred dollars and up.

"We were here last night until 2:00 in the morning... back at six, and now, as you can hear, the phones are still ringing," Bill Wenzel of
Titletown Tickets and Tours says.

Wenzel says he's buying tickets for several hundred dollars a piece. Two tickets on the 50 yard line were available on Titletown's website for $2500. The face value of a stadium bowl ticket for Sunday's game is $148. But, Wenzel defends the laws of supply and demand, saying an NFC championship game at Lambeau is an opportunity of a lifetime.

"We haven't had one in 10 years here in Green Bay. Some teams never get a championship game at home," he says.

"I would probably go up to a couple of hundred bucks a piece," Strander says.

Strander says he'll tackle the problem with a game day strategy of wait and see.

"I've always been lucky getting tickets," Strander says.

Consumer Protection is warning fans about counterfeit tickets. If you buy online, make sure the dealer has an exact phone number and address, and try to get a copy of the ticket before sending money.


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