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.”

49ers’ Quest for the Super Bowl: Seahawks Make a Tough Ticket Just a Little Tougher 13 January,2014Dan Brekke

  • 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

  • Preferred Seating

    The funny thing is that Seattle Seahawks fans are the ones reselling their tickets through secondary ticket sites like Many of the same ones that bought them from Ticketmaster or are Seahawk season ticket holders are seeing $$ and making the choice to sit this one out, maybe for the Super Bowl?


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

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