HOUSTON With just a few days remaining before the Lone Star Showdown between the Houston Texans and the Dallas Cowboys, fans are scrambling to pick up merchandise and the last few remaining tickets for the big game.

This is really big for Houston; and it s going to be a great game, said Texans' fan Robert Sanchez.

Managers at the Texans store in Reliant Park said business was brisk, and had accounted for close to $10,000 in sales on Thursday alone.

The jersey for Texans running back Arian Foster was reportedly the hottest selling item.

Texans fan Elizabeth Garcia purchased a small T-shirt and said she expected the Texans to do well on Sunday.

I think people should side with the Texans because they re the ones who are going to win, she said.

According to Texans officials, the game is sold out. A record crowd has been projected with well over 71,000 fans expected to be in attendance.

Some tickets can still be purchased online. Officials with the website said about 400 tickets remained Thursday, with prices ranging from between $200 and $1,150.

Several downtown bars were planning to offer discounts and extended happy hours, and anticipated large crowds for the game.

We re excited about the people here, said Michael Raymond, co-owner of Reserve 101 on Dallas Street. Nothing would make us more excited than to see those Cowboys go back to that big stadium in Dallas with a loss.

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