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Tickets and Trip to Panthers vs. Green Bay? Got Money?

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RALEIGH — If you think it was tough getting a ticket to the Panthers-Cowboys game, just wait until you try to find oneat Lambeau Fieldthisweekend. If the cost of a scalped ticketplus the weather in Wisconsin aren't enough to scare you off, maybe thetravel costs are.

The only time there was an empty seat Sunday in Ericsson stadium waswhen its occupant was standing up to cheer. That meant many peoplewho showed up hoping to snag a last-minute ticket watchedthe game on tiny television screens outside the stadium instead.

Now, it appears it will only be worse in Green Bay.

Dale Alexander is a Triangle travel agent who's trying to arrange theperfect NFC championship weekend. He says even bad seats are veryexpensive.

Even if youarelucky enough to get a ticket to the game, youstill haveto get to Green Bay. Here's how it all adds up.

You have to fly into Milwaukee, then drive to Green Bay. Forget, for the moment, about the fact that many roads in that area might beimpassable by next weekend. The flightcosts about $265 and you can count on about $500 per ticket to the game ifyou're lucky, and that's for seats in end zone. Then add in about $200 pernight for a hotel room in Milwaukee plus $80 for a rental car for thattwo-hour (at best) drive to and from Green Bay.

Of course, if the Panthers keep this current streak going, there'salways the Super Bowl. Tickets for that game arestartingat$1,250.

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