Mercury (Hobart)

It’s just the ticket for members

- SAMANTHA ROGERS

Footy fans hoping to attend the historic Perth grand final have been dealt a massive blow, with all 24,000 tickets set aside for Melbourne and Western Bulldogs members snapped up.

The AFL confirmed there will be just 10,250 tickets available when they go on sale to the general public on Thursday morning after Bulldogs fans chewed up those allocated for members yesterday.

Competing club members were given access to 12,000 seats each, with the league advising the tickets not sold would flow through to the general public ticket pool.

With only 1500 Melbourne and 1200 Western Bulldogs members officially based in WA and no travel permitted to and from Victoria, the number sold far exceeds the supporter base in the State. It is understood fans are able to transfer member barcodes to those able to attend the premiershi­p decider at Optus Stadium on Saturday, September 25.

Just hours after the AFL announced the tickets had sold out, an urgent warning was issued for Perth punters to be aware of scalpers.

Offenders could face fines of up to $20,000 for individual­s and $100,000 (companies).

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