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For the discriminating Pats fan, a travel deal

For $10,000, two people will travel with the team and get tickets and lodging. For $10,000, two people will travel with the team and get tickets and lodging. (JIM DAVIS/GLOBE STAFF/file 2004)

The New England Patriots are taking a select group of fans along to Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts -- for $10,000.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James said the exclusive package being offered to the team's suite and club ticket holders includes two seats on the team jet, two tickets to the game, a room at the team hotel, and possibly an invitation to an NFL party.

The team offered similar travel packages to several away games during the regular season and last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. James said the cost and seating capacity for each trip varies.

James did not know the location of the game seats but said they are being sold at face value. He declined to provide information on the team hotel.

A pair of fans could buy their own package to the game for much less. Two lower-level sideline seats through StubHub Inc., roundtrip airfare on United Airlines, and two nights at a Holiday Inn would cost about $2,500.

Traveling on the team charter can't be duplicated, James said, but don't expect to huddle with players. "You're not sitting next to Tom Brady ," he added.

BRUCE MOHL

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