There’s still a game to be played tomorrow so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves, but with one half of the NFC Championship Game already determined, 49ers fans should at the very least know who they’re rooting against, right?
The Seattle Seahawks took down the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field today — thanks in part to a completely boneheaded maneuver by Marques Colston — but that’s besides the point. As many expected by the midway point of the NFL season, the NFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through the noise box in the northwest, and the Seahawks are already hard at work bolstering their homefield advantage for next Sunday.
According to the team’s website, the Seahawks will be doing everything they can to keep 49ers or Panthers fans out of the ‘Link.
Here’s what the release says:
The Seattle Seahawks have announced that tickets for the NFC Championship Game to be played on Sunday, January 19 at CenturyLink Field will go on sale Monday, January 13 at 10 a.m. 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 shouldn’t be too much of a problem for 49ers or Panthers fans who decide they want to go to the game. When I was buying tickets to sporting events habitually, I always used a secondary market (Stub Hub, NFL Ticket Exchange, etc). Waiting on TicketMaster and trying to refresh at just the right time isn’t the easiest route, nor is it much of a bargain. Anyone who wants to go to the game can get tickets to it on StubHub right now.
Still, it adds to the growing grocery list of reasons why Seattle is an obnoxious organization. This may be a first for an NFL team (act like you’ve been there, right?). They wouldn’t have had any trouble filling the seats with Seahawks fans even without this stunt, and boxing out the opposing fan base just seems petty and smug.