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Tough ticket: Entry to Seahawks-Saints game will be costly

Tickets for the Seahawks’ game Monday night against New Orleans are going for close to $300 for the cheapest seats on the secondary market.




Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON – Records, as one of the oldest clichés in sports reminds us, are made to be broken.

So it is, then, less than three months after the Seahawks hosted the 49ers in a game billed as the most anticipated regular-season contest in their history, they are preparing for one that appears to have fans even more amped up.

Proof of just how eagerly fans are awaiting Monday night’s game against New Orleans comes in the prices to be found in the secondary ticket market, which ticket brokers say are the highest they have ever been for a Seahawks regular-season game.

Scott Barrows, the co-founder and vice president of Epic Seats, said the lowest price for any ticket for the Seattle-New Orleans game is almost $300.

That tops the $225 that was the “get-in’’ price for the Seattle-San Francisco game Sept. 15, considered the most for any Seahawks home game. The only previous game that came close was the 2006 NFC Championship Game against Carolina, which had a similar “get-in’’ price.

Barrows said the secondary market for Seahawks games far outpaces any other NFL team.

“The Seahawks have the strongest ticket market in the NFL right now,’’ he said. “It’s just crazy.’’

Other secondary ticket markets showed similar prices this week. As of Thursday afternoon, the lowest price for a ticket to Monday’s game on StubHub.com was $275, and the lowest price on TicketMaster’s resale listings was $261.

Barrows said the second-highest “get-in’’ price this week in the NFL is $165 for the St. Louis at San Francisco game. On the low end of the spectrum, a seat can be had for the Jacksonville at Cleveland contest for $12.

The resale of tickets for football games and other sporting events is legal in Washington.

The lowest-priced face value for a Seahawks ticket is $55. That means a healthy profit for ticket-holders who want to sell. Barrows, though, said he’s finding a decreasing number who don’t want to go to the games.

“Usually when you call a client and say, ‘We can give you $250 for a ticket,’ they will say, ‘Cool, I’ll watch this at home,’ ’’ he said. “But people aren’t doing that much anymore.’’

The reason for the eagerness to get in the door this week is obvious as the Seahawks, at a franchise-best 10-1, and Saints (9-2) are battling for home-field advantage through the playoffs.

The NFL said the matchup of teams with a combined 19-3 record will mark the second-highest combined winning percentage in the history of “Monday Night Football” when each team has played at least 10 games (the only one higher came in 1990 when the Giants and 49ers played and each had records of 10-1).

Season-ticket holders have already received tickets for possible playoff games. And this week, StubHub listed the lowest price for a possible NFC Championship Game hosted by Seattle at $527.

Notes

• Wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip) didn’t practice Friday. When asked Tuesday if there was any reason to think that Harvin wouldn’t play against New Orleans, coach Pete Carroll said, “He’s just got to practice. We’ve got to get him out there and practice him. But, no, there’s no reason to say that right now.” Carroll didn’t speak to the media Friday.

• Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) also didn’t practice. Browner still is on the team’s active roster because he has appealed his one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and has yet to hear a ruling.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @bcondotta. Times staff reporter Jayson Jenks contributed to this article.



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