SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Saturday’s San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints playoff showdown at Candlestick Park is “by far the highest selling game of the weekend,” according to the nation’s largest online ticket-seller StubHub.

The other three NFL divisional playoff games had only sold around 5,000 tickets each, compared to the 12,000 tickets that StubHub had sold as of Friday afternoon for the Niners game, a company representative told CBS San Francisco.

“We haven’t seen this level of demand for a Bay Area sporting event since the Giants’ World Series run,” said StubHub spokesman Aaron Bensoua.

With that said, ticket prices for the game dropped 20%-30% from earlier in the week. The cheapest prices to get into the game were all the way down to $150 apiece, with about 2,200 tickets still remaining on StubHub as of Friday afternoon.

“So there are still deals to be had for fans looking to make last-minute decisions to attend tomorrow,” Bensoua said. “This isn’t due to a lack of demand, but simply because tickets are a perishable item and the closer we get to game time, the quicker sellers want to unload their tickets for obvious reasons.”

One other online ticket trend for the Niners-Saints game: California buyers outnumbered Louisiana buyers by a 30-1 margin, so Bensoua said to expect a strong Niners crowd at the game. The big advantage to locals in online ticket sales was believed mostly due to the travel distance between San Francisco and New Orleans, he said.

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