The Seattle Seahawks and their fans have set crowd records multiple times. The 12th man at this point is very real, opposing teams struggle with the deafening crowd noise and the false start penalties that emerge. The ’12th man’ also seems to not take kindly to strangers. So if you happen to be a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, buying tickets just got much harder.
CBS San Francisco and SFGate.com are reporting that the team is limiting ticket sales to customers from just six states and Canadian provinces. Buyers with Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Alaska zip codes are the only ones permitted to obtain tickets from Ticketmaster. California, of course, did not make the list. But there are ways around it of course.
Ticketmaster isn’t the only game in town when it comes to buying tickets. There’s craigslist, Stubhub and Tickets.com just to name a few. However, this blatant attempt to shut Niner fans out reeks of desperation and in my opinion fear. The Seahawks organization has to know that Niner fans travel religiously for all games — especially those that come in the postseason. The Niner fanbase is one of the most dedicated in the NFL. They will find a way to make their voices heard … like it or not.
The ban doesn’t even take into account the dedicated Washington fans in-state that will likely snap up tickets for the game. Seattle may have shut one channel down but they can’t restrict them all — and Niner fans won’t take kindly to a team trying to muscle them out of seeing their team. Of course, the Seahawks are well within their rights here, even if they do reek of jealousy and fear.
Give them an ‘A’ for effort, but Niner fans will be there and they will be loud. Like it or not, there will be a 13th man at CenturyLink Field and they won’t be rooting for the home team.