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SUPERBOWL SCRAMBLE

If you've decided at the last minute that you can't live without experiencing the clatter and roar of the Super Bowl XL circus as it rumbles into Detroit's Ford Field next Sunday, there's still hope. Just be prepared to act fast, and be ready to savage your bank account.

The official, face-value tickets and the least expensive central hotel rooms are long gone, but more than a half-dozen on-line scalpers and resale brokers were still out there late this week offering a fast-diminishing stock of remarkably overpriced seats and chits for pre- and post-game parties.

Razorgator, for example, had two tickets between the 20-yard lines left, and was offering them for $4,384 each. A limited number of other tickets ranged up to $4,970. Four-night packages including accommodations and tickets for $5,599 a person sold out last week.

The company also had tickets left for a three-hour pre-game and two-hour post-game party that includes live entertainment, open bar and buffet for about $700 a person. For more information, visit http://www.razorgator.com.

TickCo Premium Seating still had a relatively large selection of tickets, ranging from about $2,900 a person to $11,600 a person for two tickets 33 rows up on the 50-yard line. For the really big spender, TickCo still had 20 packages that include four nights at a four-star official NFL team hotel, Club Level 35-yard-line seats, Playboy party tickets and VIP concierge service. Cost: $19,300 a person. For more information, visit http://www.tickco.com.

Gotickets not only had a range of tickets left, but was also offering a luxury, fully catered suite for 42 fans on the 25-yard line for about $255,730. But in a stadium, it's all about location. You can save about $20,000 and slum in a similar suite on the 10-yard line. For more information, visit http://www.gotickets.com.

TicketsMyWay still had dozens of set tickets ranging from $2,590 to almost $10,000 and suites from $207,000. It also had a handful of packages that included accommodation and game seats that ranged from $3,800 to $17,000 a person. For more information, visit http://www.ticketsmyway.com.

Central accommodation is getting scarce but, for about $86, the Super Bowl Host Committee can find available hotel rooms. For more information, call 630-268-7382 or visit http://www.sbxl.org.

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