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AFL to stagger Finals ticket sales after website crash
The AFL has announced that it will stagger ticket sales for the remaining games of this year’s finals series in an attempt to avoid the problems that arose when the Ticketek system crashed.
Earlier this week, the AFL said it would evaluate its ticketing policy after a system failure hit Ticketek for its sale of AFL Finals Week 1 tickets for matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Ticketek’s system froze after ticket sales opened for club members ahead of next week’s Richmond v Hawthorn and Melbourne v Geelong finals, which are both expected to come close to selling out the MCG.
The Sydney Swans v GWS Giants final, to be played at the SCG, was also affected.
Ticketek’s website was later shut down, with sales suspended.
An AFL spokesman today confirmed to Melbourne newspaper The Age “today, we made the decision to stagger for the rest of the finals.”
The AFL had already opted to sell tickets in separate stages for the three games during the day yesterday (Wednesday).
Tickets for the qualifying final between West Coast Eagles and Collingwood sold out on Ticketmaster yesterday.
The AFL described the ticketing problems, which emerged on Tuesday, as “unacceptable”.
Image: AFL action at the MCG.
1st August 2018 - MCC announces extended Ticketek partnership at MCG
13th September 2017 - Ticketek looks to enhance customer experiences through technology
6th September 2017 - AFL urges fans to avoid making Finals series ticket purchases through Viagogo
18th April 2017 - AFL to allocate more grand final tickets to clubs
25th March 2016 - AFL fans fury after MCG ticket meltdown
24th March 2016 - Alvarado Partners with Ticketek to provide self-service ticket scanning
9th September 2015 - AFL and NRL compete on pricing for Final tickets
7th September 2015 - Perth ready for economic windfall from hosting four AFL finals
14th September 2011 - Footy finals forecast to provide $2 billion boost to local industries
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