The announcement came shortly after the Seahawks dismantled the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field, widely considered the loudest stadium in the entire NFL. Tickets to Sunday’s game against the Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers go on sale tomorrow via Ticketmaster or the Seahawk’s website, but only to “fans with a billing address in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.”
Without further explanation, it appeared the Seattle Seahawks organization intended to block ticket sales not only to the 49ers, who soundly beat the Carolina Panthers today, but to much of the country, including North Carolina.
While the home team will do whatever it takes to increase their advantage to win the game, with a chance to move on to the Super Bowl, most NFL fans of other than the Seahawks, are sounding off on Twitter. But it may be because of the overwhelming influence of social media that may be to blame. On Friday, Facebook released maps to Fox Sports, based upon team loyalty posted for all four NFL Divisional Playoff games. By viewing the Seahawks-Saints and 49ers-Panthers matchups, it’s easy to determine that most of the country was pulling for the 49ers and the Saints. Furthermore, the Seahawks-Saints map showed Seattle loyalty only to sections of the country where NFC Championship tickets will be available.
While San Francisco 49er fans living in California can still purchase tickets through secondary outlets with prices far higher than through Ticketmaster. Currently, the lowest cost tickets to the game start at $437 on eBay and $442 on StubHub and those are nosebleed seats. Regardless of the restrictions apparently to 49er fans, many are expected to make the trek up to the Pacifc Northwest to root on the Bay Area team vying for another trip to the Super Bowl and possibly a sixth Lombardi Trophy.