AFL prices hit fam­i­lies

$184 fi­nals tick­ets hurt­ing grass­roots fans, says sup­port­ers’ group

The Advertiser - - NEWS - CRAIG COOK

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”.

Pic­ture: CALUM ROBERT­SON

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.

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