Seahawks championship game tickets sell out in minutes
SEATTLE - Sold out in minutes. That's how fast the Seattle Seahawks remaining tickets went at 10 a.m. Monday.
The team released its final lot of tickets for Sunday's NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. With those seats gone, fans now turn to ticket brokers, like Epic Seats in Seattle.
Founder and CEO James Kimmel said, "Season ticket holders come to us and they say, 'Hey, I want to sell for X, see what you can do.'" Those prices, now driven by the market, are a simple matter of supply and demand.
The cheapest tickets to the game are running close to $400 each. But that's standing room only or a single seat, so you'll have to make new friends when you get there.
If you want two seats together, you're going to spend a minimum of $440 and the prices go up from there.
Kimmel said, "A lot of people are choosing not to sell this second round, and that's why the ticket prices are higher. So there's fewer tickets out there. That's why the prices are higher - it's a bigger deal. And it's the game that everybody wants to be at."
The Seahawks said most season ticket-holders took the option of buying their post-season seats.
It's what Tim Cunningham did. Walking away from the ticket window at CenturyLink on Monday morning, Cunningham held his tickets in the air, proclaiming, "I've got two tickets to the NFC Championship game right here. And I'm not selling 'em. I will never sell my ticket, never. "
Cunningham says he's missed only two games since he first became a season ticket holder in 1992.
"And we were 2 and 14 that year and nobody loved us," he said. "I love Pete Carroll. I want that to be known. He's the best coach we ever had. And I love this team - they're the best team. "
Cunningham paid $50 for his seat against the New Orleans Saints and $99 for Sunday's seat against San Francisco.
You have a better chance of winning the lottery than scoring a deal like that. Cunningham got the deal because his history with the Hawks goes back more than 20 years.
It's also a big deal this round, that Seattle limited who could buy those single tickets that sold out so fast. Only people with a credit card mailing address in Washington or one of its neighboring states even had a shot at it.
Kimmel said, "I know it's really angering the San Francisco crowd and some of the California fans, but the reality is there aren't a lot of tickets there."
Hawks Fan Lonnie McGill said, "Well, that's why they're called the 40-whiners because they're always whining about something."
McGill and his wife and kids will be decked out like they always are for any Seahawks game - they're happy watching from their living room or a friend's house.
McGill was more than thrilled to step on the KOMO News Squawk Box to cheer on his Seahawks: "Who let the Hawks out? Who, who, who? Who let the Hawks out? Getcha, getcha, get your Seahawks on."
Others joined in as well:
Cisco yelled: "Go Seahawks. Go Seahawks. Go Seahawks."
Jeff had a message for the opponents: "Go Hawks. You're in trouble, Kaepernick. I hope you don't get hurt."
The cheers will likely get louder and louder leading up to Sunday's big matchup against the 49ers.
And while ticket prices with resellers like Epic Seats could go down, it's much more likely they'll go up. Kimmel suggests you decide how many you need, who's going with you, where you want to sit and how much you're willing to spend. Then hit the Internet, to see what you can find.