The Seahawks have blocked California residents from purchasing tickets in the upcoming NFC Championship game Sunday.
In an attempt to reduce scalping efforts, the Seattle Seahawks have limited ticket purchases on Ticketmaster to residents with billing addresses in just six states, according to SFGate.com
The six states where residents are able to purchase tickets from are: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii.
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The announcement was made Saturday afternoon by the Seahawks' franchise after the team's win against the New Orleans Saints 23 – 15.
California's omission from that state list has led to some backlash from 49ers fans online.
"I’m sure they’re not concerned about the appearance, but it still looks kind of weak," David Fucillo of NinersNation.com wrote
"I think they could have sold out just fine and had plenty of Seahawks fans without this though, so this just brings a little extra attention to the situation," Fucillo added. "Some 49ers fans will get up there, it will be really loud, I think we can move on."
Several news outlets noted however that the Seahawks weren't the only franchise to limit their ticket sales to a handful of states in an attempt to limit scalping attempts building up to the championship game.
The Denver Broncos, who are facing the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, have also limited ticket purchases through Ticketmaster from just eight states, which are: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota or Western Kansas.
Of course, 49ers' fans from California can still purchase the tickets through secondary sources, such as NFL Ticket Exchange, Stubhub, TiqIQ and other such sites, NinersNation.com noted.
The 49ers defeated the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 23 – 10.
As of noon Monday, the Seahawks are three-point favorites to win, according to Pregame.com
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