Fans must buy tickets fast or have deep pockets to enjoy Seahawks home-field playoff appearance

Christmas came again Sunday for Seattle Seahawks fans, but the gift of witnessing the team vie for a repeat Super Bowl appearance will be bestowed on only a lucky few.

A limited number of tickets for the NFC divisional-round playoff game go on sale Tuesday, two days after the Seahawks clinched the conference’s top seed with a 20-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The win ensured that the Seahawks will have home-field advantage for their postseason run.

First up, the team will face the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals or Carolina Panthers at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at CenturyLink Field. The opponent will be decided by the outcome of this weekend’s wild-card playoff games.

The general public will fight over slim pickings after 98 percent of season-ticket holders reserved tickets for the divisional game. Several thousand Blue Pride wait-list members also had access to a first-come, first-served ticket presale Monday.

That leaves everyone else fighting over what’s left when ticket sales start at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Even with a two-ticket limit per person and face values ranging from $75 to $505, tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Fans who miss this chance to buy tickets directly could pay a higher price through second- and third-party websites.

Seahawks fans faced similar struggles before last year’s divisional-round playoff game, when tickets sold out in minutes. After that, fans paid from $300 to $4,000 apiece through second- and third-party marketplaces.

Sales on some of those websites already showed staggering prices Monday, with even 300-level seats going for thousands of dollars.

Epicseats.com listed ticket prices ranging from about $220 per ticket up to $5,900 apiece. Another website, TiqIQ.com, listed prices from $226 to $5,540.

The NFL Ticket Exchange offers another option for fans looking to purchase tickets or season-ticket holders looking to sell them. There were 4,447 ticket listings Monday afternoon, ranging in price from $234 to $5,487.

Fans who don’t want to buy tickets can try their luck at winning a pair through a Seahawks promotional contest called Fast Dash.

But fans who expect the Seahawks to make a repeat trip to the Super Bowl in February might want to consider saving their money.

The average price of a Super Bowl ticket the week before the game last year was about $3,020 from a reseller. Two weeks before that, the average price for a ticket to the NFC championship game at home against the San Francisco 49ers was just over $4,007.