Scalpers apparently took advantage of the limited number of participants for the AFL Grand Final on Saturday evening, as overpriced tickets are being sold online.
For the first time in more than 20 years, tickets to the sport’s premier event – which started at $ 185 – went on sale to the general public on Tuesday morning.
The fans quickly took advantage of the unique opportunity and queued for tickets online from 9 a.m. local time.
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The Ticketmaster website withstood the barrage, but with close to 10,000 tickets available that were sold out by 9:19 a.m.
AFL aficionados from Queensland are expected to dominate this year’s crowd, although those from all other states and territories except NSW and Victoria will be able to attend without quarantine.
However, those traveling from the interstate have been warned to expect a barbecue from the police at the border.
“The AFL is pleased to announce that public sales for the Toyota AFL Grand Final 2020 in Gabba are currently sold out,” said a league statement.
“Tickets on the Ticketmaster platform sold out in just under 20 minutes this morning.
“Additional tickets may become available due to unused assignments.
“The capacity of the Gabba for the Toyota AFL Grand Final 2020 is limited to 30,000.”
As reported by 7 News, several tickets to the event were later available on the classified online website Gumtree, some priced at $ 1,000 each.
“If users want to buy AFL Grand Final tickets from Gumtree, we encourage them to ask the seller about the legitimacy and terms of the tickets sold prior to purchase,” a Gumtree spokesman told 7NEWS.com.au.
“This includes publishing policies where we comply with the law: whatever is forbidden to sell offline is also forbidden on Gumtree.
“With the AFL grand finals being held at the Gabba in Queensland this year, local law makes it illegal to resell tickets at a price that is more than 10 percent higher than the original ticket price.”
In the meantime, world tennis No. 1, Ash Barty, will present the Tigers with the Premiership Cup if they are successful on Saturday night.
A lifelong Richmond supporter, Barty accepted the club’s invitation this week to give the trophy to Damien Hardwick and Trent Cotchin in case the Tigers were to win a third Premier League in four years.
“I was surprised and very honored when Peggy asked me to present the trophy. I know there are many other Richmond people out there who would normally do this, but given the circumstances, I’m very grateful for the opportunity, “said Barty.
“I wish the boys all the best for Saturday and I really hope I have a chance to be out there when the Siren celebrates another Richmond Premiership.
“I’ve been a long-time Tiger fan and so proud to be associated with the club. I trained with many boys in the club for several years and loved watching the tigers on my travels. Your support has been a constant joy for me on the road. I have great admiration and respect for the club on and off the field. What they have achieved over the past ten years is incredible. ”
– mit NCA NewsWire
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