DENVER – The San Francisco 49ers are heading to the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field on Jan. 19, but the home team is doing everything it can to keep Niners fans out.
The Seahawks organization announced late last week that it will not sell NFC Championship game tickets to California residents, CBS Local reported. The move will likely help preserve Seattle’s infamous “12th Man” home field advantage, but is rankling more than a few fans.
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The Seahawks ticket page offers no explanation of the ban, simply stating, “Tickets will be available to fans with a billing address in WA, OR, MT, ID, AK, HI and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.”
This means any California residents attempting to buy tickets will have to use secondary (more expensive) ticketing sites such as Stub Hub or the NFL Ticket Exchange.
The policy would also have blocked Carolina Panthers fans from buying tickets to the game, had Carolina beaten the 49ers on Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship.
Following Sunday’s win over the San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos confirmed a similar policy for next week’s game against New England.