Report: Seattle restricting ticket sales to six US states

Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25). Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

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.

Topics: NFC Championship Game, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Seahawks

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  • RegisHawk

    This isn’t “an interesting move”…it’s a standard procedure. Denver is doing the same thing. You just fell for a story angled to make Seattle look bad, which says more about you than it does about the Seahawks.

    Rube.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      Dude, I don’t think it makes a home team look bad if they restrict ticket sales to the states they draw support from. They earned home field advantage for the playoffs, and they are using it. I also don’t think it really makes a difference to restrict because the 49er fans that want/have money to get there will get there. However, thanks for letting me know other teams do this because I didn’t know that.

      • RegisHawk

        I know. I’ve seen this same story in several outlets, all portraying Seattle as the bad guy. I came across one for the Broncos, but it was the equivalent of your local news web-site. It’s clear the media needs to paint one team as the bad guy, and they’ve decided it will be Seattle. So be it. What really disappoints me is the lack of critical thinking by the people who read these things. They see this story and don’t bother to ask “Are they the only/first ones to do this?” Seems the next logical thing you’d do, but instead, we get the standard cattle response of “How dare they!!!”

        • Bernie D’Amato

          I hear you man, I’m just hoping for a great game.

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