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49ers’ Quest for the Super Bowl: Seahawks Make a Tough Ticket Just a Little Tougher

| January 13, 2014
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San Francisco 49ers fans celebrate at Candlestick Park during the regular season. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

San Francisco 49ers fans celebrate at Candlestick Park during the regular season. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

If you’re a 49ers fan who wants to go to Seattle to see your team take on the Seahawks for the NFC championship on Sunday, you already know you’re going to have to pay for the privilege — travel, hotel, meals, not to mention the small fortune you can expect to fork over for a playoff ticket.

Well, it turns out you need a little imagination, too. The Seahawks blocked ticket sales to buyers with California addresses. In a move to ensure more Seahawks fans got a better chance to buy tickets, the team limited sales to credit-card holders with addresses in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.

And if you’re thinking of trying to go to the game, note that it’s already sold out. The Seahawks announced all available tickets were snapped up in 43 minutes after sales began at 10 this morning.

So, for the 49er Faithful who feel they have to be in Seattle for their team (and can afford to do that or have enough margin left on the credit cards), that means going to secondary market sites like StubHub.

And when you look at StubHub, you can decide if you really want to go to the game. The site lists about 5,300 tickets for sale. The cheapest we see listed there right now, for standing room high up in the stands, are going for about $400 a pop. Primo seats are listed at up to $2,000 each.

The 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, was asked today what he thought of the Seahawks’ ticket move. If you expect a blast at Seattle management, well, Harbaugh is surprising, as usual:

“Well, it’s within the rules. … I actually respect it. You’re trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win that you can. And I respect that their organization does for their team. I think they do that in a lot of ways with their team, with their fans, with their organization. So what do I think of it? I respect it.”

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Dan Brekke has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.
  • g nation

    Baiting the ‘Whiner’ fans again? It has nothing to do with ‘blocking California”. It is to keep the tickets in the hands of as many local fans as possible. Whiner fans that can afford to travel will do so anyway and most wouldn’t have got tickets via the Seahawks website anyway and will get them via scalpers.

    • reverenddude

      We will see who whines last!

    • Clytie S

      I hate to mention this…. but there are plenty of Niner fans in the Pacific Northwest. And, what’s with the Hawaii thing, anyway?

      • Jr holm

        They went with the states that have a large fanbase. Apparently alot of Hawks fans in Hawaii