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Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos Block Opposing Fans From Buying Championship Tickets

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San Francisco 49ers fan Morgan Farrelle reacts while watching Super Bowl XLVII televised on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Better bust out your wallets, sports fans. Things just got ugly.

San Francisco 49ers fans hoping to score tickets to next week’s NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks might be out of luck. The Seahawks announced Saturday that the organization won’t be selling tickets to customers in California.

In a statement, the team announced that “tickets will be available to fans with a billing address in WA, OR, MT, ID, AK, HI and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta,” or in other words, in Seahawks’ country. How convenient.

Instead, as the San Francisco Chronicle noted, California-based fans will have to go through secondary sources like StubHub to score tickets, where the cheap seats are north of $400.

The move will undoubtedly give Seahawks fans an advantage at scoring tickets -- a strategic play considering Seattle fans broke the sound record for crowd noise and the team has only lost one home game this season.

The move also isn’t reserved for the Seahawks: the Broncos won’t be selling tickets to next week’s AFC championship game anywhere near the New England Patriots either. (Sorry Pats fans.) Instead, tickets will only be available in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota and Western Kansas, according to the Denver Post.

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