Out of curiosity I went to an online ticket retailer to see what a ticket to the Week 17 game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins would cost. The cheapest ticket available was standing-room only for $299 and did not come with a parking pass. The most expensive? A cool $1,000,000.
Upon further review there is a single standing-room only ticket with a limited or obstructed view and limited view of the Jumbotron/video screen. The ticket would be delivered by FedEx Standard Overnight and the seller was going to pay the $16.95 delivery charge.
What a nice gesture.
As a lifelong fan of the Redskins and a resident of the Washington, DC suburbs for over three decades I have been to fewer than 10 Redskins games. Usually my ticket came from a friend of the family who had a friend who knew someone who had season tickets and couldn't go to the game. Not to mention the 'Skins were well out of playoff contention as well.
Each game I attended was at RFK Stadium, home to the 'Skins prior to their move to FedEx Field in Landover, MD in 1997—the largest venue in the NFL in terms of seating capacity. Anyone who has been to the old RFK Stadium for a 'Skins game will tell you the stadium would actually bounce as the fans jumped in unison.
Despite protests from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pro Football Hall of Fame says the Redskins have the current record for consecutive sellouts, which began in 1968 and continues to this day.
Obviously no one would ever pay that much money for any live sporting event. I don't care how much money you have. The fact of the matter is the seller of this $999,999 ticket is making a statement that this game is something he/she wouldn't part with unless you have lost your mind and have the money to waste.
The seller was not going to miss this game and will be there to watch it in person. They will be standing with a limited view but at the biggest Redskins game of the 2012 season and a Cowboys game as well.
Incidentally, the second most expensive ticket was $13,000 and it was in the seventh row in the lower level corner of the end zone. The seller of this ticket actually had four seats together for a cool $52,000.
For those of us watching on television this Sunday, the NFL moved the Cowboys-Redskins game to primetime and a national televised audience. The Cowboys visit FedEx Field and face the Redskins Sunday Dec. 30 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
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