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SANTA CLARA – The Seattle Seahawks are making it incredibly difficult for 49ers fans to attend Sunday’s NFC Championship game.
The rival NFL franchise has barred California residents from buying tickets to a grudge match with the 49ers. Not that it mattered for long. Game sold out within minutes on Monday morning, leaving even Seattle fans without a chance to buy.
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Local fans are upset with the mandate in concept. 49ers head coach Jim Harbuagh doesn’t mind it one bit. In fact, he respects the Seahawks’ desire to create the biggest possible home-field advantage.
“It’s within the spirit of the rules in the National Football League,” Harbaugh said. “I actually respect it, that you’re doing it for your team and to put them in the best possible position to win that you can. I respect that the organization does that for their team. I think they do that in a lot of ways. What do I think of it? I respect it.”
Only those with credit cards billed to the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii and certain parts of Canada can buy tickets to Sunday's game. Seahawks aren’t the only team making such a move. The Denver Broncos are limiting ticket sales to resident of the Rocky Mountain region.
49ers fans wishing to attend Sunday’s game must buy tickets on the secondary market.