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

Immigration Reform Advocates Rally in Springfield

immigration rally

Organizers of a Springfield rally Thursday say they will continue their fight

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner Denies Connection to Intimidation by Private Investigators

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Bruce Rauner says he had nothing to do with armed investigators coming up to people who signed nominating petitions for the Libertarian Party.

in Local

Downtown Festivals Could Get a Tune-Up

Downtown Springfield Inc

DSI: We don't just put on festivals

in Local

Kidzeum Fundraising Efforts “On Track”

Kidzeum-Adams-street

Long-awaited museum could open next year

in Local

Galesburg Teachers End Strike

school_bus

Galesburg teachers have ended a two-week strike after their union reached a tentative contract agreement with the board of education.