Need a ticket for Game 1 of the ALCS?

It won't be cheap and the prized tickets won't be easy for fans to snag before the opening anthem Friday night in Arlington.

Since the Rangers beat Tampa Bay to advance to the team's first ALCS, thousands of tickets have been put up for sale on and Craig's List. The average price is hovering around $178 for Game 1 on, Glenn Lehrman, a company spokesman said.

"I'm not surprised by the interest, because they've never advanced this far," Lehrman said. "With the Cowboys 1-3, the Rangers are the biggest show in town."

More than 9,000 tickets are up for sale on the website, Lehrman said.

While some tried to snag tickets online, others waited in line for hours outside of the Rangers' ticket office to try to get their hands on some tickets.

Ryan Lavalley went to more than 35 games this season, and he wasn't about to miss out on seeing the Rangers first trip to the ALCS in person.

He waited in line outside of the Ballpark in Arlington with dozens of others ? many sporting Rangers jersey and T-shirts -- for the chance to buy a ticket to the ALCS.

"After they hit that home run, you knew it was over," Lavalley said. "I knew I would be here in the morning."

John O'Hara didn't even wait until the morning.

After watching the Rangers win Game 5, the Boston native drove home to pick up a few camping supplies and then camped out feet from the Rangers' ticket office.

"Three minutes before I did it, I didn't think I would do it," he said. "I've always wanted to do this."

Lehrman said fans who are hoping just to witness the Rangers make history Friday night shouldn't be rushing to buy tickets.

Instead, he said they should wait until about two hours before the first pitch.

"That is when you can find the best deal," he said. "You won't get the best seat, but if someone is selling them, they will usually drop them to rock bottom price by then."

If you're looking for the best seat in the house, the Lexus Club Terrace ticket might be your best bet.

The price tag is a measly $23,390 -- per ticket.

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