Dec 12, 2013, 1:07 PM PST
The Seattle Seahawks “12th Man” took their shot at San Francisco 49ers fans and got 15 minutes of fame. In response, the 49ers Faithful are set to deliver an entire month of retribution.
A group of 49ers fans have raised over $7,000 to buy a month of time on a digital billboard near CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seahawks. The movement was started on a Facebook fan page and the funds were collected on a GoFundMe site. The 49ers fans were angry at the “12th Man” for buying bricks at Levi’s Stadium, and flying a banner around Candlestick Park before the game last Sunday was the last straw.
The movement was started by Aasheesh Shravah, a fan that current lives in New York. He grew up in the Bay Area watching the 49ers during the Joe Montana years, and he flies to San Francisco for many of the games.
“I called up Seattle companies and got some prices, and we figured if we could raise at least $7,000, we’d be able to do something in response to the banner,” Shravah said on the phone. “So many people responded. It has been amazing the support this thing has received.”
On the first day, they made $3,000. In four days, they had their $7,000 and then some.
Raising the money was the easy part, though. A contract has yet to be signed with the billboard company, and they had to promise it wouldn’t be a derogatory message. The billboard company will be reviewing the designs submitted by the fan group before putting it up.
“We’re going to try to keep it classy and represent the 49ers,” Shravah said.
The billboard designs were done for free by another 49ers fan in the Facebook group. Much like the Seahawks fans sent a portion of the money they collected for the “Go Hawks-12” banner to Wounded Warrior Project, these 49ers fans are going to give any excess cash they raise to Seattle Children’s Hospital. They currently have $780 ready to give to charity.
“We figured if we’re doing this in Seattle, why not do it for a charity in Seattle?” Shravah explained.
With all the animosity between these two NFC West division rivals, and their fan bases, it sure is nice to see that some good is coming out of it.
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