Footy Fans Chasing AFL Finals Tix Spewing After Ticketek’s Website Eats Shit

UPDATE 10:56am: Ticketek has shut down its ticket purchasing services while it works to rectify the errors that affected customers earlier, as confirmed by Richmond Football Club officials.

That swearing you can hear coming from the back corner of the office isn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill aggrieved workmate this morning. Rather, it’s an increasingly shitty footy fan trying desperately to get tickets to the AFL Finals series and running into nothing but trouble.

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Ticketek, in their infinite wisdom, put all of the Finals first week games they control on sale at the exact same time this morning, almost immediately sending their system into meltdown.

The hotly anticipated Finals series features a slew of high-profile matchups featuring teams with massive fanbases, so the demand for tickets is something quite extraordinary.

The first week of the finals sees Richmond take on Hawthorn, and West Coast taking on Collingwood. Those matchups alone represent 4 of the 5 clubs with the highest AFL membership numbers. Richmond in particular has over 100,000 members alone. Though it should be said that the West Coast game is being operated by Ticketmaster.

In other games, the two oldest clubs in the land – Melbourne and Geelong – will face off at the MCG, and Sydney’s cross-town rivalry will be renewed in the Finals once again with GWS taking on the Sydney Swans.

Fans attempting to score tickets to the four games this morning have been hit with error messages and massive virtual queues as Ticketek’s services buckled under the strain. Social media has been flooded with annoyed and frustrated punters trying to score an ever-elusive ticket.

Ticketek’s official social media feeds have been scrambling to deal with the customer complaints all morning, with official indications suggesting that the “allocation exhausted” and sold out notifications punters have been seeing are inaccurate.

AFL clubs have been issuing support notifications via Twitter as the ticketing crisis has continued.

Neither the AFL nor Ticketek have issued official comment on the ticketing status for the games, and are yet to confirm which – if any – are legitimately sold out at this time.

We’ll update this story as it develops.