AFL prices hit families
$184 finals tickets hurting grassroots fans, says supporters’ group
CROWS fans are furious that families will be forced to pay hundreds of dollars to attend Friday night’s Preliminary Final.
Tickets — which go on sale at 9am today — have doubled in price since the Qualifying Final two weeks ago when Adelaide defeated GWS.
Category A adult tickets for the Preliminary Final against Geelong at Adelaide Oval have soared from $92 to $184 and there is no family ticket option available to help reduce costs. Adelaide Crows supporter club President, Kevin McCall, said that some fans were being “priced out” of following their club.
“It’s a sad part of modern sport that the average supporter will be charged through the nose,” Mr McCall said.
“We’ve seen it in America and the UK where fans are being priced out of seeing their sporting team. You just about need to mortgage your house to pay for it all.” The 700 Adelaide Supporters members will enter a ballot for preliminary final tickets that cost $65 for an adult.
“But we only have 200 spots available and it’s first in best dressed … the phones go mad and once they’re gone, that’s it and the rest have to make their own arrangements and will pay top dollar,” Mr McCall added. “It’ll be far worse for a Grand Final and lots of fans won’t get to go.”
“The Crows would get be allocated less than 18,000 tickets for a grand final but we’ve got 60,000 supporters,” he said.
“The costs to follow your team throughout a season are very high … but come Grand Final Day a member of the MCG gains preference over the average supporter. It’s not right.”
Kingswood resident Brian Blanton has four tickets at $184 each for the preliminary final but will pay $410 a ticket if the Crows make the Grand Final at the MCG on September 30.
“There will be six of us going to Melbourne if we make a Grand Final and we’ve already registered for tickets and booked an Airbnb to stay in,” he said.
“This is the price you pay to support your club but more tickets should be made available to the true fans.”
Mr McCall agreed, saying scalping “must be stamped out”.
PASSIONATE: Brian Blanton — with children Jack and Dakota, his mother Terena Blanton-Downs and grandmother Martha Byrd — is prepared to fork out big dollars for his family of Crows fans to attend finals.