San Francisco 49ers fans have been in an uproar over the decision by the Seattle Seahawks to prevent fans with a California area code from buying tickets to next Sunday’s matchup for the NFC Championship. But Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the 49ers, says that he is okay with the rival team shutting out the loyal 49er fans who would travel to Seattle for the game, no questions asked.
The Seahawks are well known for their 12th man mentality, where the roar of the crowd is considered strong enough to give the Seattle team that extra push they might gain from having an extra man on the field. It has humbled other teams, most recently last Saturday, when the Saints bowed to the collective might of the fans and Seahawks players.
That would seem to be the strategy again for the upcoming Sunday matchup of the 49ers verses the Seahawks. The Seahawks will again have their hometown crowd on their feet, and they are not interested in giving up any portion of that advantage. Therefore, only fans who have a billing address in HI, ID, AK, OR, MT, WA or even the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia will be able to purchase tickets when they go on sale.
The Seahawks aren’t alone in this strategy. The Denver Broncos are also limiting ticket sales to fans in the Rocky Mountain states, meaning that Patriot fans are out of luck if they want to buy tickets to cheer their team on.
However, the 49ers head coach does not seem to think this strategy is a big deal. In an interview Monday, Harbaugh said that it was following the spirit of NFL rules and that he respected what Pete Carroll, the coach of the Seahawks, was trying to do in putting his team in the best position to win the game. Which may mean that should San Francisco be placed in this position in the future, there will be no 49ers tickets going on sale for Seahawks fans. That will have to be okay with Seattle seeing that they birthed the strategy in the first place.
Despite the controversy that occurred over this ticket sale strategy, it appears that only a few Seattle fans were lucky enough to get tickets to the coveted game as well. Tickets went on sale on Monday at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster and sold out only minutes later to many fans’ dismay. They wailed their disappointment on Twitter, saying how impossible it was to get tickets.
Hardcore fans of either the Seahawks or the 49ers can still get tickets if they’re willing to spend a pretty penny to get them. Resell websites such as the popular Stubhub or the NFL Ticket Exchange are open to credit card holders of any area code as long as they are willing to pay the set prices. Monday morning after tickets were officially sold out, the cheapest pair of tickets on StubHub were located in the upper end zone and were available for purchase for the steep price of $884.
Which means that it is not only the 49ers who will need to be okay with fans not having Seahawks tickets for this coming Sunday.
By Marisa Corley