The rivalry between fans of the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks is escalating another notch, with a group of fans raising almost $9,000 to rent a billboard in Seattle. (h/t ESPN.com)
The billboard will be a gentle reminder of the 49ers’ historic success, with the franchise’s five Super Bowl trophies to be included as a subtle touch.
The background image will be a photo of Dwight Clark making “The Catch,” the iconic game-winning touchdown reception from Joe Montana in the final seconds of the 1981 NFC Championship that propelled San Francisco to its first Super Bowl.
As of Wednesday morning, the site had raised $8,970 for the billboard, which will cost approximately $7,000.
According to Aasheesh Shravah, the drive’s organizer, any donations above the $7,000 mark will be donated to charity.
The goal of the effort is to keep the billboard posted through the playoffs.
This is in direct response to a group of Seahawks fans who hired a plane to fly a 12th man banner over Candlestick Park before the start of the Dec. 8 game between Seattle and the 49ers. Seahawks fans also purchased a brick at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the 49ers in Santa Clara beginning next season.
The billboard will be tough for Seattle fans to top, with the Seahawks’ entire Super Bowl experience consisting of one loss eight years ago to the Pittsburgh Steelers.