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Tickets to the Cowboys' home opener amongst most expensive games of the 2014 season Jesse Lawrence

Print This August 25, 2014, 07:06 PM EST

The Dallas Cowboys keep letting their fans down with mediocre records and late-season collapses. Despite the failures and disappointing finishes, the loyal Cowboys fans just can’t seem to quit their team.

Few fan bases are quite as loyal and hopeful as Cowboys followers are, as every season is greeted with the chance of a playoff appearance and a run at another Super Bowl. It’s not crazy thinking, either, as the Cowboys continue to have one of the more talented offenses in the league, led by Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten. Overall consistency and a shaky defense have been the issue.

Heading into the 2014 NFL season, Cowboys tickets certainly aren’t suffering for the ‘Boys inability to get back to the playoffs, according to data provided by The Cowboys first home game of the year might have something to do with that, as they face the mighty San Francisco 49ers at home in week one and has seen a meteoric rise in average ticket price – $453 – compared to last year’s price of $212. At $453, Cowboys vs. 49ers tickets are one of the most expensive seats to have during the entire regular season.

Last year’s home opener against the division rival New York Giants already was a solid rise, as it had bested the previous two home openers. There’s good reason for it, too, as the 2012 and 2011 home openers were against weak opponents like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. According to Razorgator, tickets for the Bucs game had an average price of $151 and $139 for the Redskins matchup.

The Cowboys’ intense rivalry with the Giants sparked a ticket price rise last year, but that was no match for their 2014 opener with the Niners, who are one of the NFC’s most battle tested teams.

The rise in price is a rapid one, but one that also makes complete sense. Not only is San Francisco an elite opponent when it comes to competition, but they also bring quality star power with the likes of Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis and Patrick Willis. In addition to this being the ‘Boys home opener, it’s also the first game of the year for both teams, as well.

Needless to say, this is set up to be an intense battle for both sides. With the high quality of the Dallas stadium thrown into the mix, fans are even arguably getting a bit of a deal with the relatively low get-in price of $164. Not only that, but according to data from parking vendor ParkWhiz, Cowboys Stadium parking begins at just $6 for the home opener.

Dallas will undoubtedly be the underdogs in their own home opener thanks to major losses on an already sketchy defense. However, they should still keep themselves in this game thanks to the 49ers own issues on the defensive side, as well as their quality talent on offense.

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