Rabid Seahawks fans send price for ticket to Saints game soaring

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 1 at 7:06 AM

Football fans in Seattle will be bleeding green if they want to see the Seahawks face the Saints with the best record in the NFC at stake Monday night.  Tickets to the Seahawks game will cost fans some major cash.

The average resale price for a seat at Monday night's Seahawks game against the New Orleans Saints are now over $400. 

Ticket brokers say that makes this game one of the most in-demand sporting events this city has seen in years.

"For the Seahawks, not a lot of season ticket holders want to sell their tickets, so you have a lot of demand but not a lot of supply," said James Kimmel, the owner of Epic Seats.

He's been a ticket broker in Seattle for ten years and says this is one of the busiest times he's seen.

"Everyone wants to be there, they want to be a part of the 12th Man," he said.  "They want to be loud, screaming, creating false starts, and seeing if the Seahawks can push their record to the best in franchise history, 11-1."

His company has sold some tickets to Monday's game as expensive as $1500 per person in a luxury suite.

Fans shopping around for tickets told KING 5 they have to set limits when it comes to the price.

"I'm just not going to spend a week's salary to buy a ticket, it's not going to happen," said Nathan Pritchett.

At the same time, he says it's exciting to see so much interest in the Seattle sports scene.

"It's one of the hottest markets in the country," he said.

Brokers also caution that whenever there is this much interest in a game, scammers will try to take advantage of the demand by selling fake tickets.  If a deal sounds too good to be true, they say, it usually is.

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