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Sport Perth's grand final ticket scramble makes history, as scalper pulled from Gumtree

03:25  17 september  2021
03:25  17 september  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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The final tickets to the first-ever Perth AFL grand final sold out within minutes this morning, as the venue put out an urgent call for 600 extra workers to cope with the capacity crowd. At one point more than 130,000 people were in the digital queue to get one of the last remaining tickets at the match, after the AFL made the final Keath missed the Bulldogs 71-point preliminary final win over Port Adelaide with a tight hamstring, while Vandemeer was subbed out of that game. Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge said a conservative approach was taken with Vandemeer, who has a history of hamstring problems.

With the final round of AFL Grand Final tickets going on sale today, consumers are being warned to beware of unscrupulous scalpers . Rolling lockdowns in Victoria have forced the AFL to hold the final out of state for the second time in history . Two Victorian teams – the Western Bulldogs and the Melbourne Demons – will face each other on September 25 at the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium. Hopes that more of those spots would be allocated to the general public were dashed on Tuesday after the allocation of 12,000 seats to members of the Western Bulldogs were picked up within hours of their

A ticket to next Saturday's AFL grand final in Perth was being spruiked for more than twice the price on Gumtree despite new laws threatening heavy fines over such practice, as West Australians made ticket sales' history on Thursday.

The amount of general admission tickets released for the AFL grand final at Optus Stadium could change depending on which team makes it to the season decider – and what state they hail from. Pictures: Getty Images © Getty Images The amount of general admission tickets released for the AFL grand final at Optus Stadium could change depending on which team makes it to the season decider – and what state they hail from. Pictures: Getty Images

In a matter of minutes the remaining 10,250 tickets for the September 25 event were snapped up, which led to an offer of a category two ticket for $1000, up from the $405 purchase price, being posted on the popular resale site.

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Potential AFL Grand Final ticket scalping .Source:Channel 7. Scalpers have seemingly taken advantage of the limited capacity attendance for Saturday evening’ s AFL Grand Final , with overpriced tickets for sale online. The Geelong Cats will take on the Richmond Tigers for this weekend’ s highly-anticipated match at the Gabba. The Ticketmaster website withstood the barrage, but with just under 10,000 tickets available, sold out by 9.19am. The online scramble for AFL Grand Final tickets is on.

Resales of AFL footy finals tickets have been pulled from auction website eBay and classified site Gumtree as authorities launch dozens of investigations into ticket scalping . Tickets to the highly anticipated match between arch-rivals Collingwood and Richmond sold out within a few hours of Twelve listings have been removed from eBay and three from Gumtree for breaching the anti- scalping legislation, which protects the AFL preliminary finals . Fans scramble to get hands on tickets . One Richmond fan who didn't have any luck online on Monday morning, queued up at the Ticketek office in

Gumtree quickly pulled down the resale offer, seen by WAtoday, over concerns it could be fined up to $100,000 under WA's new anti-scalping laws.

The AFL said Thursday's official sale was the busiest sale in Ticketmaster Australia's history, with the online queue peaking five times more than for the 2020 grand final in Brisbane, the first held outside Victoria.

AFL chief executive Gil McLachlan said the appetite reflected the passion of WA football fans and the league was checking the record number of people trying online was also a world record.

"I know definitively it's an Australian record, but I think it's a world record - we're having that checked," McLachlan said from grand final venue, Optus Stadium, on Thursday.

"Western Australians love our game. They love their football, it's a passionate football state.

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Flights, buses and train tickets were sold out and Drew Lawrance' s car wasn't going to make it across the Nullarbor, but that didn't stop him from living his AFL Grand Fiinal dreams. What started as a normal Tuesday for Mr Lawrance quickly became a mad scramble with less than four days to get to Melbourne to watch the West Coast Eagles face the Sydney Swans. "I frantically spent Tuesday evening trying to find a ticket on a bus or a train or a plane and I couldn't get one," he said.

For many fans, it’ s their own grand final simulation before the grand final gets played: The race for the last tickets to the Optus Stadium decider. The 10,250 general public seats go on sale from 10am Thursday, marking the last opportunity for WA footy followers to get inside the ground for next Saturday’ s clash between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. It had been anticipated that the general public number could swell, with any unused membership tickets from earlier this week being added to the general pool.

"I hope that everyone who's been lucky enough to get a ticket comes along and chooses a team.

"I hope they make some noise, have a great day and enjoy the greatest day on the Australian sporting calendar."

Last week, the WA government rushed through legislation making ticket scalping illegal in a bid to avoid people using the grand final as a money-making scheme.

Any individual found breaking the law could be fined up to $20,000, with companies to be slugged up to $100,000.

Grand final prices started at $185, peaking at $450 across six price ranges.

A Gumtree spokesperson said ticket sales were subject to local legislation and they strongly encouraged the community to report any listings believed to be unlawful, or in breach of its terms of use, through the ‘report ad' button.

"In line with the Western Australia ticket scalping legislation, we updated our ‘selling tickets on Gumtree' policy, which will have implications for new listings," they said.

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Hopes of more grand final tickets for the WA public have taken a hit. Come the day of the decider against the Western Bulldogs on September 25, Melbourne will have played just one game in 27 days. The unusually long build-up to the season finale comes after the AFL scrapped the pre- finals bye but stuck with September 25 as the grand final date. Geelong game 'freshened up' players. But after a dominant display against the Cats after a week off, Melbourne is viewing more time off as a positive.

The final tickets to the first-ever Perth AFL grand final sold out within minutes this morning, as the venue put out an urgent call for 600 extra workers to cope with the capacity crowd. At one point more than 130,000 people were in the digital queue to get one of the last remaining tickets at the match, after the AFL made the final 10,250 of Perth Stadium’ s 60,000 seats available to the general public. Tens of thousands missed out on AFL grand final tickets this morning.

"In addition, our customer service team drives monitoring and moderation systems, and we also work with law enforcement and consumer protection regulators to flag and remove unlawful listings."

AFL boss admits ‘relief' at season end

McLachlan said it was a relief to get the season to this point as he cautiously discussed a contingency plan if COVID-19 cases were to appear in WA in the lead-up to the September 25 season decider.

"It's been a year of resilience and finding a way with huge support from our members and supporters and fans," he said.

"If something happened ... we've been dealing with this for two years and we would be able to find a way to deal with it.

"We are here and have got through the last two seasons by playing the percentages and making percentage decisions right the way through. I think we've been rewarded for that. That's just our mindset.

"There's risk every day, we'll deal with it as it comes up."

McLachlan hoped to see events across Perth next week in the lead-up to the weekend's grand final and urged footy fans in the west to take time to enjoy the build up.

"Take the whole week off, I would, that's what everyone else does in Melbourne. [Everyone] doesn't seem to do a hell of a lot of work, just have a cracking time," he said.

"It's been 150 years in the making to get the grand final here, and I reckon take the week off, have lunches, go your hardest."

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