Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Football fans warned against buying scalped AFL finals tickets

    16/09/2018 10:00 AM
    • Tickets to the West Coast Eagles-Melbourne preliminary final go on sale tomorrow
    • Fans warned against engaging with online re-sellers such as Viagogo and individual scalpers on Gumtree
    • State Government developing legislation to combat ticket scalping and protect genuine fans 

    The public is being warned against buying scalped tickets to the West Coast Eagles-Melbourne preliminary final, following recent cases of fans being refused entry to Optus Stadium after paying high prices to online resellers for invalid tickets.


    With tickets to the blockbuster match going on sale tomorrow, the State Government advises fans to only purchase tickets through authorised seller Ticketmaster.


    Patrons at some of Perth's major venues are regularly left disappointed and out-of-pocket after purchasing tickets from unauthorised sellers and being unable to enter events.


    In many cases, consumers do not realise they have purchased tickets from unauthorised sellers, only discovering their tickets are invalid when they arrive at the event.


    Professional ticket scalpers employ sophisticated technology to buy tickets in bulk, before offering them for heavily inflated prices on online platforms such as Viagogo and Gumtree.


    Some unauthorised online resellers design their websites to appear legitimate, while others purchase special arrangements from search engines to display their platforms more prominently than authorised sellers.


    For the 2018 AFL Finals series, tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are sold at a price set by the AFL, with the tickets 100 per cent guaranteed.


    The general public can purchase tickets to the West Coast Eagles-Melbourne preliminary final from www.ticketmaster.com.au from 2pm tomorrow.


    The State Government is continuing to develop legislation targeting ticket scalping and expects to announce new protections in the near future.


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:


    "The only safe way to purchase tickets is to buy direct from the authorised primary seller - in this case, Ticketmaster.


    "Online resellers use tricky tactics, including making their websites appear as if they are authorised sellers, and paying to appear at the top in online search engine results.


    "We don't want members of the public paying way above fair price only to not even gain entry to the event."


    Minister's office - 6552 6400