It appears some of us may have jumped to conclusions after finding out how the Seattle Seahawks restricted NFC Championship Game ticket sales to people in the states of WA, OR, MT, ID, AK, HI.
For one thing, as several “12s” have pointed out in the comments, the Denver Broncos are doing the same thing.
Tickets will be available only to those with a billing address in the Rocky Mountain states, including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and Western Kansas.
Of the states allowed to buy tickets to either title game, only Washington (No. 13) and Colorado (No. 22) are in the top 26 as far as population. And it sure pays to be a resident of Montana, which has a population of just over one million.
Someone asked San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh about the Seahawks’ decision, and he sounded like he was 100% in favor.
“It’s within the rules. It’s within the spirit of the rules of the National Football League. I actually respect it, that you’re trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win that you can. I respect that their organization does that for their team. I think they do that in a lot of ways, with their team, with their fans, with their organization,” Harbaugh said.
“What do I think of it? I respect it.”
So the next time the 49ers host a conference championship game, it’s probably safe to assume the limited tickets they make available will only be sold to people with billing addresses in California, Nevada, and maybe Hawaii.
By the way, tickets on Stubhub are going for a minimum of $384 right now, and that’s for one bleacher seat. Don’t want to go alone? The cheapest pair of tickets (Upper Level Corner) are going for $486 each as of 1:35 pm PST on Monday.
If you end up spending that much money on tickets, you may want to invest in a couple sets of earplugs as well.
“There’s a lot of loud venues. I wouldn’t want to disrespect any of the loud venues, but I would have to say that’s the loudest, yes. To my ear,” Harbaugh said. “But I’m older. Everything seems louder to me. Music seems louder.”
They’ll definitely crank the music up during practice this week in Santa Clara.
“You can simulate (how to deal with the noise) somewhat in practice, with signals, hand signals, body language, reading lips. Some different ways. We’ll practice that. We’ve been in some of those environments,” said Harbaugh, who talked about what happened in the 49ers’ Week 2 loss at CenturyLink Field.
“I suppose we could’ve done better in areas than we did. We didn’t win the game. We went back and looked at it, there was sort of that avalanche at the end. The game got out of hand late in the game. But we’ll learn from our mistakes and that’s how you get smart. That’s how we all get smart, right?”