Skip to comments.Seahawks Website Blocks Californians From Buying Playoff Tickets
Posted on 01/13/2014 3:20:21 PM PST by nickcarraway
After proud Bay Area fans congratulated the 49ers on winning Sunday's playoff game against the Carolina Panthers and securing a place in the NFC Championship, the Seahawks website announced that tickets for the game will not be sold to residents of California.
Instead, California-based fans who want to buy tickets for the Jan. 19 game at CenturyLink Field will have to go through secondary websites, such as the NFL Ticket Exchange and StubHub.
The move is rare, but not unheard of. The Denver Broncos are doing the same thing before they play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, limiting sales through their websites to customers in the Rocky Mountain region.
Californians aren't the only ones shut out. Most of the rest of the country can't buy NFC Championship tickets, either. The only states where residents can buy the NFC Championship Game tickets through the Seahwawks website are: Idaho, Washington, Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the website reported. The team is tracking state residency by credit cards, tracked by billing address zip codes.
According to the Seattle Times, the move is "an attempt to keep the tickets in the hands of local fans." Some local sports experts said that this move isn't as big a deal as many are making of it, mostly because at this point in the season, there are only a fraction of tickets left for 49ers fans to buy anway.
Still, one disappointed 49ers fan, Arlene Illa, told NBC Bay Area she thought the Seahawks' move was wrong. She wanted to know why San Francisco fans were being forced to pay more through the secondary market.
Larry Martinez, another Bay Area fan, said he will have someone in Seattle purchase his tickets. Martinez wanted to let Seattle fans know, "We are coming and we will find a ticket."
Although an unusual choice by the team, the Seahawks wanted to give priority to their fans.
Tickets went on sale Monday, starting at about $200.
Too bad Colorado didn’t due that 25 years ago!
Are you talking about the 5th down play? Colorado won!
Good, stick it to the Whiners. I’m still crying in my beer that the Packers are out.
That wasn’t clear I was talking about keeping out California immigrants out of the state.
You wouldn’t want any of those Californians coming to Seattle and BOOING the Sea Hawks.
I think you’ve got it backwards. California used to be a ultraconservative tough state, until other states, like Colorado, started sending California wackos. If some are going back, don’t complain.
The other 31 teams are secure enough to think that won’t matter. I’m so surprised the Seahawks are so insecure.
This is nothing new. The Detroit Lions have been doing this for the past 50 years with quite a bit of success.
Yes, Liberal outsiders pouring into California in 1970s and '80s ruined our state, home to Gov. Ronald Reagan.
Amen. Wish I had a quarter for every California hater with whom I have shared that factoid.
That's because the Lions have SUCKED the past 50 years, but who's counting!
Fudgepackers, Seachickens. You forget how GB got jobbed
in Seattle just over a year ago.