News

No tickets for you! Californians banned from NFC playoff game

No tickets for you! Californians banned from NFC playoff game

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (left) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints . The top-seeded NFC West champion Seahawks have won 16 of their last 17 games at CenturyLink Field, where record decibel levels have been recorded during Seattle games. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The Seattle Seahawks are protecting their raucous home-field advantage by denying California residents tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Seattle, whose CenturyLink Field is the noisiest and most hostile stadium in the league for opposing teams, is limiting ticket sales to a few neighboring states and Canadian provinces, but not California, a ploy that has been endorsed by an unlikely advocate – San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh.

“I actually respect it – what you’re trying to do for your team, put them in the best possible position to win,” Harbaugh told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I respect that their organization does that for their team.”

The top-seeded NFC West champion Seahawks have won 16 of their last 17 games at CenturyLink Field, where record decibel levels have been recorded during Seattle games.

Seattle is not alone in restricting ticket sales.

The Denver Broncos have made a similar move for Sunday’s AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots to limit the presence of fans cheering for the visiting team.

The Broncos said they would only ship tickets to billing addresses in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and western Kansas.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Ban on “Conversion Therapy” Passes Legislature

gay_marriage

The Illinois Senate has approved a ban on therapy designed to "convert'' gay young people to heterosexuals.

in Local

Union Legislation Would Prohibit Strike or Rauner Lockout

afscme

The House has approved a measure that changes government-employee contract negotiations just a month before the deadline for a new contract.

in Local

Mark Hart Named Interim Springfield Fire Chief

springfield fire dept

Springfield has an interim fire chief.

in Local

Hastert Resigns from Wheaton College Board

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert, front, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek reelection for a 12th term as he stands on the steps of the old Kendall County courthouse with, from left, his son Josh; wife Jean; and daughter-in-law Heidi, grandson Jack, in Yorkville, Ill. A newly unveiled indictment against Hastert released Thursday, May 28, 2015, accuses the Republican of agreeing to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime schoolteacher silent about "prior misconduct."

The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws.

in Local

Rauner: No Special Session if No Agreement Reached by Sunday

rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he will not call lawmakers back into session if there's no agreement on a budget by Sunday.