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Updated Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

To cheer Seahawks in D.C., prepare to spend

By Jack Broom
Seattle Times staff reporter

It wouldn't be impossible for you to get into the Seahawks playoff game against the Washington Redskins near the nation's capital Sunday, but don't expect it to be cheap.

On Monday, the Seahawks' travel partner, www.primesport.com, listed an assortment of seats from $175.50, for corner spots on the highest level of FedExField, to $540, for seats on a low level near the 50-yard line.

The agency also listed a package combining upper-level end-zone seats, a night in a hotel, food coupons and other niceties — but not airfare — at $870 for one person and $715 apiece for a twosome.

The game is a sellout, the Redskins announced Monday, meaning seats are available only in a secondary market from wholesalers, agencies or private parties.

Another online agency, www.ticketnetwork.com, offered standing-room-only spots in the stadium for $155 and a luxury suite for $28,181 for you and 19 of your closest friends.

Whatever you pay for your ticket, get it ahead of time, said Rick Long of Continental Travel on Mercer Island.

"I've seen situations in the past where people have gone without tickets and they end up in the destination city watching the game from a sports bar ... which is a pretty expensive trip to a sports bar," Long said.

It's already too late to get the cheapest cross-country airfares, because you didn't get seven days' notice where the Seahawks would be playing.

But Long says you might save $300 or more if you can fly to Baltimore/Washington International Airport, northeast of the stadium, instead of Dulles or Reagan National.

US Airways, Delta and American Airlines all listed round-trip Seattle-Baltimore flights between $630 and $661 for travel eastbound on Saturday and returning home on Monday.

Those flights all involve a stop, Long said. In contrast, nonstop flights between Seattle and Dulles or Reagan National were listed at more than $1,000.

Laura Davis, director of travel services for AAA Washington, said travelers should deal only with reputable agencies, purchase travel insurance and be aware that wintertime travel always involves the possibility of a weather-driven change of plans.

With all those factors complicating a D.C. dash, it might be more prudent to take some of the money you would have spent out to your favorite warehouse or electronics store.

Bring home that supersize, high-def TV you've been eyeing, and point it squarely at your couch. Then come Sunday, you'll know that your seat will be there waiting for you. And the beer will be a lot cheaper.

Jack Broom: 206-464-2222 or jbroom@seattletimes.com


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