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High demand for MCG Boxing Day Test tickets leads to anti scalping action
Following a high demand for tickets for the 2019 Boxing Day Test against New Zealand at the MCG, the Victorian Government is declaring the game a major event under the Major Events Act 2009.
In addition to the Boxing Day Test, Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula this week also declared next year’s men’s and women’s ICC T20 World Cup tournaments – with finals to be played at the MCG – as major events under the Act.
In addition to the anti-scalping action, four Women’s T20 Tri-Series matches between Australia, England and India will be played at the Junction Oval this summer.
The revamped cricket centre features new high-performance facilities, medical and rehabilitation areas and an oval that can be used year-round.
The Victorian Government delivered $25 million towards the $40 million Victorian Cricket and Community Centre at the Junction Oval, with Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria pitching in the rest.
Under the Major Events Act 2009, the Boxing Day Test declaration will make it possible to crack down on ticket scalpers and give fans a fair go at getting tickets at a fair price.
Under the legislation, tickets to a declared event cannot be advertised or resold for more than 10% above the original value.
The Victorian Government has launched a new dedicated website to give consumers up-to-date information on the latest declared events. It includes features that make it easier for people to report ticket scalping.
Authorised ticketing officers will support Victoria Police in enforcing the law. Penalties can range from $806 up to $483,500 depending on the nature of offences.
Events protected by Victoria’s anti-scalping law include the AFL Grand Final and other finals games, the Anzac Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon, the Australian Open tennis and non-sporting attractions including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and stage spectacular Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sporting events attract both local and international visitors in droves and are crucial to the Victoria’s economy, generating $1.8 billion in economic activity.
Commenting on the action, Minister Pakula stated “we’re making sure everyone has a chance to enjoy the best sporting events on Victoria’s renowned events calendar by ensuring fans can access tickets at a fair price.”
“Events like the Boxing Day Test make a massive contribution to our state’s economy - that’s why we’re protecting this iconic event under our anti-scalping laws.”
For more information on ticket scalping laws, go to the new website www.djpr.vic.gov.au/fair-go-for-fans
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