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‘Extremely disappointed’ AFL demands answers, MCC waives booking fees

The AFL has issued a statement saying they are “extremely disappointed” in what’s been a nightmare day for Ticketek, while the MCC has decided to waive booking fees for future purchases.

This morning Ticketek advised the AFL that sales had to be put on hold as the site crashed.

MCC visitor tickets and reserved seats to both MCG matches went on sale at midday today and sold out within the hour.

In a gesture of goodwill the MCC has negotiated with Ticketek to waive all transaction fees on any further purchases to the two MCG matches in week one of the finals.

The move will apply to club members, AFL members and the general public.

The revised sale times are:

Club Members – Wednesday August 29

11:00am Richmond v Hawthorn

1:00pm Melbourne v Geelong

3:00pm Sydney Swans v GWS Giants

The club member purchase window remains open and exclusive for 24 hours.

AFL Members – Thursday August 30

9:00am Richmond v Hawthorn

9:00am Melbourne v Geelong

General Public – Thursday August 30

1:30pm Richmond v Hawthorn

2:30pm Melbourne v Geelong

4:00pm Sydney Swans v GWS Giants

Ticket sales will continue until game time or sold out prior.

The website was out of action for most of the morning as it crumbled under the huge response from people trying to get tickets to next week’s AFL finals.

A message displayed read: Thousands of fans are online trying to get tickets right now, hold tight, you’re in the queue.

Caller Phyllis told Neil Mitchell she finally got tickets, but her seat numbers don’t correspond to the ones she bought.

“I finally got through, we do have seats but the seats that we’ve got bare no relationship to the seat numbers which were in the confirmation email,” she said.