Is the Game of Thrones exhibit worth the wait?
Game of Thrones fans are coming to the MCA from near and far, and even after waits of three and four hours they all agree of their review of the exhibition.PT3M6S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3b8fw 620 349 July 2, 2014
The Game of Thrones exhibit might be free, but some diehard fans are willing to fork out big bucks to avoid the lengthy queues.
Offers of up to $150 are being placed on outsourcing site Airtasker by people looking to hire "place-holders" to endure the wait times on their behalf.
Housed by the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Game of Thrones exhibit has been inundated with eager fans travelling from all over the country, with Sydney the only Australian stopover on the exhibit's international tour. Queues for the exhibit have snaked across the Museum's Sydney Harbour precinct, with wait times as long as six hours.
Queues for the Game of Thrones exhibition extend for six hours. Photo: James Brickwood
Anticipating demand, Airtasker, an online outsourcing website where users post requests for everyday tasks in exchange for payment, has set up a specific Game of Thrones landing page to handle requests. "Don't wait six hours to line up for the Game of Thrones Exhibition," it reads. "Get an Airtasker to line up for you!"
For Nathan Gee, a 33-year-old training manager from Mascot, the opportunity to see the exhibit was worth $100.
"I am the biggest Game of Thrones fan and I cannot miss this exhibition," he explained. "Winter is definitely coming and six hours is too much for me [to wait], so I thought I would get someone to do it on my behalf."
One of the ads on Airtasker for queue minders.
Mr Gee said he decided to post the callout online after dropping by the exhibit during his lunch hour and seeing the queues. Mr Gee's offer of $100 has been snapped by Airtasker user "Mark".
Another fan, going by the online username "Margarita S." has offered $120 for someone to reserve her two places in the queue, raising issues of line-cutting.
Another fan, who adopted one of the GoT characters' names "Petyr B", posted: "I need someone to line-up for me at the GoT MCA exhibit so I can visit Saturday. I am flexible as to when entry can be made, but earlier the better. I require two line positions."
Unlike Petyr Baelish he wasn't tight with the purse-strings, offering $150.
Organisers have been contacted for comment on the issue of queue jumping raised by hired place-holders. They have responded to the extensive queues by extending the exhibit's opening hours until 10pm on Friday and Saturday night.
"We are working to get as many people through the exhibition as possible however the queues are long so we advise getting down early to avoid disappoint over the next two days," organisers said in an official statement.
Fairfax reported on Wednesday that by midday, just two hours into the day's scheduled viewing, nearly 600 people had passed through the HBO fantasy exhibit.
- with Sophia Phan