AFL fans have exploded after the website used to purchase tickets crashed, while SCG members are fuming over having to pay $20 for final tickets for the very first time.
“@Ticketek – AU what’s wrong with auto queue for AFL tickets? Waited two hours today then canceled and tried again,” one person wrote on Twitter Monday.
With tickets to two matches of the AFL Preliminary Finals on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, demand among fans was scorching.
But many members of the four remaining AFL clubs this season – Brisbane, Geelong, Sydney and Collingwood – have complained of waiting online for hours before the site went down.
“Hey @Ticketek you have a job and that is to sell tickets. My job is not to buy tickets and I have another job so I can’t spend all day waiting for you to find out how to sell tickets for an event,” Heath Franklin wrote on Twitter.
Part of the problem has been attributed to Ticketek releasing tickets for both weekend finals matches and the performance of US country music star Luke Combs at the same time.
“@Ticketek who is the prodigy who put so many event sales AT THE SAME TIME?” a fan wrote.
Meanwhile, members of the SCG Sydney Cricket Ground were furious at being charged for tickets, despite their already expensive memberships.
“As I read it, SCG members must purchase a ticket for the preliminary ($20) – one ticket per membership – no SCG card is used for play. This is quite disappointing given that the Membership is already an expensive hobby.
A following tweet read: “Confirmation of an SCG member with a guest card allows two tixes for AFL prelim Sydney v Collingwood – good luck to those who get tickets!”
Anna Edwards posted: “Just ridiculous. No member of my family who is a member of the SCG, including members over 50, have been able to get tickets.