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Seahawks, Broncos tried to limit ticket sales to home fans only

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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.

centurylink fog[The following is from the Los Angeles Times]

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.”

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    If it's not against league policy, I don't see anything wrong with teams attempting to maximize their home field advantage. As a fan of football in general though, its seems whomever pays for the tickets, no matter where their billing address is, should have an opportunity.

    Now that said, I am a Seahawk season ticket holder. We 12s love our team, and we love good competition. We however do not love the Forty-Niner fans. Not because they are 49ers and our rivals, but because generally speaking, they are rude, disrespectful and can make attending the game less than the typically fun experience. We 12s prefer to cheer on our team and let the team's play speak for itself. We, generally speaking, are not rude and arrogant. We are fans of the game.

    To prove that point, we actually welcome the opportunity to play the 49ers in the NFC Divisional game. We didn't root for the 49ers to beat the Panthers, but we are happy to face the 49ers so when we beat them, it might silence the disrespect, at least for a week. And if the 49ers somehow pull off a win next week, the 12s will give you a nod of respect, because that's how we roll. Just don't expect us to root for you in the Super Bowl.

    Too bad it's not easy to buy a ticket and come curse at me next Sunday. Oh well.