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This Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 photo shows a view of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The temperature might be 75 during the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth. This Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 photo shows a view of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The temperature might be 75 during the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth.

DALLAS (AP) — Super Bowl attendance could surpass 100,000 for the first time in 24 years when $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium debuts as host on Feb. 6.

Not all of those fans will have seats, or even be able to see the game in front of them. Still, the NFL says it will count "several thousand" Cowboys season ticket-holders who pay $200 each to watch a TV on an outdoor plaza on the east end of the stadium in suburban Arlington.

The plaza plan was a first for the Super Bowl, as was the league's intention to sell 350 standing-room-only tickets, presumably for areas on stair cases with good views of the field, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday.

"We have never done this before in part because other host stadiums did not have the structure in place," McCarthy wrote in an e-mail. "Fans without tickets were not permitted on stadium grounds."

An estimated 93,000 fans will be inside the stadium. The last Super Bowl with more than 100,000 fans was in 1987 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The record of 103,985 was set in 1980, also at the Rose Bowl.

The final number of seats inside the stadium and plaza tickets won't be known until closer to the game, McCarthy said.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made no secret of his desire to set a Super Bowl record when the stadium opened a year and a half ago, although the issue was out of his hands since the NFL makes all decisions regarding game operations.

Since then, the Cowboys set the NFL record for a regular season game when 105,121 watched the visiting New York Giants play Dallas. A year ago, the NBA All-Star game drew 108,713, the most ever for a basketball game.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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