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Lions tickets sell-out in 15 minutes

Hundreds of fans have been left disappointed after tickets for The Lions Test games against the Wallabies sold out in 15 minutes on Monday, matching the record ticket sale numbers in 2001, says Peter Jenkins from the Australian Rugby Union.

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Tickets to the highly-anticipated Test matches between the Wallabies and the British and Irish Lions sold out within 15 minutes of going on sale to the public on Monday morning.

The Ticketek website was swamped with rugby fans eager to secure tickets, which ranged in price from $95 to $295 for adults, to the Test matches in June and July.

An Australian Rugby Union spokesman said all of the ticket allocation had been exhausted for the Melbourne and Sydney Test matches, to be played on June 29 and July 6 respectively, by 9.15am.

Jason Robinson scores for British & Irish Lions in 2001.

Jason Robinson scores for British & Irish Lions in 2001. Photo: Getty Images

Tickets to the first Test in Brisbane, to be played on June 22, went on sale an hour later, and also sold out within 15 minutes.

"That is indicative if what we've seen over the last fortnight in terms of the pre-sale opportunities we've given people," the spokesman said.

"It's also in line with the demand that we saw in 2001 [when the Lions last toured Australia]."

In demands ... tickets to see the Wallabies face the Lions sold out in 15 minutes.

In demands ... tickets to see the Wallabies face the Lions sold out in 15 minutes. Photo: Getty Images

He said Australian Rugby Union did not release information about how many tickets were available for purchase in Monday's public allocation.

Disappointed fans logged onto Ticketek Australia's Facebook page to complain that they could not secure tickets to the Test matches, despite being online before 9am.

"Is Sydney sold out all ready?? Have been on since 9 to try and get them and haven't got through to the ticket selection page once," wrote one fan.

"i can't believe brisbane sold out in 10secs! I was refreshing the page from 8.55, on of the first through and now it say no tickets," wrote another.

Tickets were already on eBay on Monday morning, with one pair bronze pair of tickets to the first Test in Brisbane posted for the inflated price of $699.

Rugby fans complained that online scalpers were cheating real fans of the opportunity to see their teams.

"My husband and I were both on at 9am. Could not secure a single seat (and I mean even 1) . We wanted to take our sons (who both play rugby). At 9.25 I note the tickets are now on ebay for a inflated price. As long as scammers make money from these events the true fans will never have a chance!" wrote Kylie Perkins on Ticketek's Facebook page.

The ARU spokesman reminded fans not to buy tickets from any unauthorised ticketing sites, including eBay, Facebook and other online platforms.

"Any tickets found being sold in breach of ARU’s Ticketing Terms and Conditions may be cancelled with no refund provided," he said.

Upwards of 30,000 Lions supporters travelled to Australia for the British and Irish Lions last tour of Australia in 2001.

ARU officials believe this year's tour will be the biggest sporting event to be held in Australia since the 2003 World Cup.

80 comments

  • It's called a pre-sale peeps. I think it's stupid as well. 'Let pay extra to get tickets early'. Just another gouge really. However, you could have bought your partner a nice valentines gift... and then when she didn't want to go you could take your mates.

    Commenter
    Mary
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 18, 2013, 11:48AM
    • Pre sales are stupid! I'm a Wallabies first member I pay a membership fee so that i can enjoy the right to get access to tickets. It means they know that i'm eager for tickets and that I'm an invested supporter. Therefore every year they send me a form and say what do you want to see?

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 12:24PM
    • "Pre-sale" was for the Rugby Community. i.e all those that support rugby through player participation, coaching, refereeing and club membership.

      All tickets were at face value for these pre-sales and there should be no apologies for those supporting rugby getting access to tickets ahead of those that just want to watch the blockbuster games.

      Get involved and you get access, simple.

      Commenter
      Rugby Volunteer
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 2:00PM
    • Andy, I too am a Wallaby first member and love that I get access to tickets.

      What you have not told others is the premium we pay for tickets, on top of the annual fee.

      Two tickets to Sydney ( a probable dead) rubber were over $650.

      Be fair.

      Commenter
      Craig
      Location
      Bondi
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 3:23PM
  • It's not just the sclpers to blame its the ARU. By the time they have given all the hangers on tickets there is stuf all ledft for the people who want to watch the game.
    Time the ARU made all tickets available (well say 90%) so that the fans get a chance not the scroungers, and you need to stop scalpers especially within 30 minutes of them going on sale and especially the scalping firms that advertise on Ebay.

    Commenter
    wayoutwest
    Date and time
    February 18, 2013, 12:01PM
    • @wayoutwest
      You're quite right of course. What did you make of this: "He said Australian Rugby Union did not release information about how many tickets were available for purchase in Monday's public allocation."? Sounds like the fix is in - stuff-all for the real fan, but the corporates and the ARU's mates will be looked after nicely.

      And with regard to the observation about tickets popping up on eBay, jeez I thought we had anti-scalping legislation in this State!

      Commenter
      daveinbalmain
      Location
      balmain
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 1:44PM
    • You need only join yout local RU club to get acess to tickets ..........

      Commenter
      gman
      Location
      nsw
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 2:08PM
  • If there's any sport created for the stiff upper crust in Australia, it's Rugby. So obviously we should not be surprised that corporates and politicians and other wealthy Australians have the majority of the tickets.

    If we should be upset, it is that on the one hand the ARU beg for us to attend Super 15 games and dish us up sub-standard teams and quality then use the cash from the tickets and merchendise to pay for the best of Britain and Ireland to come over, but don't let the same loyal fans attend.

    The solution is of course not to fund the problem and boycott Super 15 (not that anyone goes anymore anyway).

    Commenter
    Don't get it
    Location
    Aus
    Date and time
    February 18, 2013, 12:01PM
    • Actually, if you were a loyal member of a Super 15 team you would have had access to one of the many pre-sale windows that were available in December last year and would have had no problem buying tickets.

      Commenter
      meh
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 12:39PM
    • Obviously a Waratahs fan. Brumbies fans attend games because they know that the majority of the game will actually spent playing rugby. Oh, and history tells us that they might win the comp too.

      Commenter
      YS
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      February 18, 2013, 1:03PM

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