ARLINGTON -- Somewhere during the course of an 11-game win streak this season, a playoff appearance became obvious for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans.
But yet, they still had to wait.
Tickets for the NFL Divisional Playoffs went on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and nearly three to four dozen fans spent the night in lawn chairs and sleeping bags outside the ticket office at AT&T Stadium for the first chance to buy.
Online sales also began at 10 a.m. on the Ticketmaster and the Dallas Cowboys' website.
But as soon as the box office opened at AT&T Stadium, many fans were left disappointed. Instead of being able to buy playoff seats between $115 and $560, they were only offered the Party Pass or "Standing Room Only" tickets priced at $40. Each fan was allowed to purchase up to four.
The stadium tells WFAA that the general public only gets access to the tickets left over after sales by season ticket holders. The only available tickets remaining were the Party Passes.
Joe Zarate was in the first in line and arrived at 5:45pm Tuesday. A long night of waiting ended in frustration.
"We thought we were going to get a seat. I waited 16 hours for Party Passes," he said. Had he known he would not be able to get a seat, Jose said he would have bought a Party Pass on StubHub where they are currently selling for $81.
Jose was first in line. Waited 16 hours. Very disappointed that he only got standing room only. Says he would have just bought off StubHub. pic.twitter.com/DQer3toZZM— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) December 28, 2016
Elsa Miranda waited ten hours for the chance to buy tickets and was also disappointed.
"We are definitely going to go even with just the party passes but I might not have stayed out all night if I had known it was just Party Passes," she said.
Season ticket holders already received the chance to buy playoff tickets are selling them on the secondary market. Prices on TicketCity.com were selling for roughly double face value for Standing Room Only tickets and for some seats inside the stadium.
The Cowboys have clinched home-field advantage bringing the potential for two home playoff games. They will host a Divisional Playoff game the weekend of Jan. 14-15. A victory in that game would allow them to host the NFC Championship on Jan. 22.
The further the team goes, the more expensive they will be to see. Should the Cowboys advance to the NFC Championship, prices for that game on TicketCity.com seem to be selling for up to twice the cost compared to the same sections for the Divisional round.
Ticket City said the median price for tickets sold to the NFC Championship game is $680, the highest they have seen since prior to 2010. The closest they have seen in the past six years was the Jan. 19, 2014 game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.