Like Clockwork, AFL Fans Have Been Fucked Over Trying To Nab Prelim Final Tickets

Once a year, like absolute clockwork, footy fans absolutely frothing to secure entry to a crucial AFL Finals match will gather en masse to wail at Ticketek who – again, an annual tradition – will have decided the best thing to do is to put tickets for an entire weekend of games on sale simultaneously without adjusting server capacity for demand. The old “just wing it and hope for the best” method. You absolutely love to see it.

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Club members trying to snap up tickets to this weekend’s hugely anticipated AFL Preliminary Final matchups featuring Collingwood & Greater Western Sydney and Richmond & Geelong were slugged with the dreaded “simultaneous on-sale date” curse Ticketek loves to run at least once at this time of year, facing lengthy online queues, glitches, and conflicting information once the clock ticked over to 9am this morning.

With three powerhouse Victorian clubs featuring in the prelims this year, demand for tickets is understandably extraordinarily high. Even still, folks weren’t shy in venting their frustrations once the virtual doors were thrown open and tickets started flying out the door. Social media quickly flooded with folks frustrated at the clunky and imprecise process of lining up in a queue you can’t see and whose order is attended to at apparent random.

Luckily enough for most, issues with ticketing seem to be getting resolved in reasonable time frames and member tickets are getting to their correct destinations in reasonable time.

The server demand at Ticketek is being compounded by the fact the NRL’s semi-final matchup between the Melbourne Storm and Parramatta also goes on sale this morning as well.

Tickets allotted to the general public for both AFL prelims go on sale from 2pm this afternoon, with very few – if any – tickets expected to remain by the end of the day; both games are expected to draw massive crowds in excess of 90,000 fans.

Preliminary Final week kicks off on Friday night with the Tigers/Cats clash, before the Magpies and Giants meet the following afternoon at 4:35pm.