SEATTLE — Tickets for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field quickly sold out within minutes after they went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos already have home-field advantage for their NFL conference championship games on Sunday.
With tickets for those games available starting Monday morning, the teams are trying to make sure that advantage is as big as possible by limiting sales to buyers from certain regions.
According to the Seahawks’ website, tickets for the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers “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.”
As you may have noticed, Calif. was not mentioned in that list.
Similarly, the Broncos’ website says that tickets for the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots “will be available only to those with a valid billing address in the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and Western Kansas.”
In other words, no Patriots fans allowed.
This isn’t the first time teams have tried such a tactic, and there are ways around it for fans of the teams involved who live outside the designated area. Of course, they might have to be pretty crafty about it and be willing to spend more than a little extra money to do so.
“It’s pretty sad,” David Fucillo, founder of the NinersNation fan group, told KTVU-TV. “There was no need to do this. It adds another distraction.”