Published by Sarah Olle, 17 September 2018 on Foxsports.com.au
IT MAY only be Monday.
But already fans are clamouring for tickets for this year’s two Preliminary Finals.
And with two of the AFL’s biggest clubs in Richmond and Collingwood facing off on Friday there could be more than a few unhappy campers.
In fact, almost 180,000 members will fight for fewer than 40,000 tickets, meaning that as many as 140,000 Tiger and Magpie fans could be left stranded.
On Sunday evening supporters were braving the cold as they camped outside of ticket outlets, determined to get their hands on tickets and avoid potential failures from Ticketek.
Week One of the finals was marred by Ticketek’s inability to deliver a premium service to fans, with the website crashing on multiple occasions.
The predicament, which drew the ire of the league, was later resolved by staggering the sale of tickets in accordance with games.
But Ticketek will have no excuse this week, with Ticketmaster selling tickets to the West Coast v Melbourne Preliminary Final.
Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin has called for extra flights to be put on from Melbourne to Perth in order to accommodate his supporters.
The Demons have enjoyed a groundswell of support, with their fans starved of finals success for 12 years. But the last time the club made a Preliminary Final was in 2000.
“It’s a long way to go, Perth, it’s clearly very expensive,” Goodwin said.
“So the more flights on, the better for us. I would certainly encourage that — I certainly don’t run an airline though.”
“We’re in the midst of our supporters really getting in behind our footy team and giving us great belief, inspiring us to new heights.
“You can see the joy that our supporters are getting from this journey. They do, they inspire us — they’re like another player out there.
“From what I hear, it’s a 50-50 ticket split, so Virgin, put some flights on and enable our supporters to get over there.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
— Tickets go on sale at 9am on Monday (relevant time zones apply)
— General public tickets go on sale at 2pm on Monday
— AFL members (MCG only) go on sale at 9am on Tuesday
— MCC members reserved seats will go on sale at 12pm on Monday