According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Seattle Seahawks will only sell NFC Championship tickets to fans living in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii. Fans living in British Columbia and Alberta are also allowed to purchase tickets.
This is an interesting move by the Seattle Seahawks for Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. It may make one of the best home field advantages in football even better, but I remain skeptical how much better.
The fans willing to fly from San Francisco to Seattle probably have enough money to buy a ticket on the secondary market.
More importantly, San Francisco/Northern California people are very loyal to their teams, and are spread throughout the country. The fans living in Washington will be free to purchase tickets, and will be the majority of 49er fans at the game.
I give Seattle credit for attempting to increase their home field advantage. Even though the Seahawks crushed the 49ers 29-3 at home on September 15th, this is a playoff matchup. No wins are guaranteed, and Sunday’s game may turn out to be one of the all-time greats.