Tickets for the much anticipated Hawthorn and Essendon game at UTAS stadium this Sunday have been snapped up like hotcakes.
Bombers fans had to anxiously wait until 3pm until they could secure their tickets for the first Essendon game in Tasmania this century, but one they went on sale there was no stopping them.
In the space of an hour over 1000 Essendon members had secured their tickets while Hawks had continued to snap up their own since 9am.
A warning shot had been sent out to both the Bombers and Hawks administration with an influx of Tasmanian members desperately trying to sign up as members ahead of the clash.
Prior to the announcement the game would be played in Launceston, Essendon had just over 2000 Tasmanian members. Within 48 hours that number had swollen by just under 400.
While Hawthorn has a strong supporter base in Northern Tasmania their admin team was also inundated with Tasmanians wanting to sign up.
As a result their Tasmanian membership numbers climbed above 7500, surpassing the 2020 cohort.
After racing home from work St Leonards man Chris Nobes was one of the lucky Bombers fans to secure a ticket.
Mr Nobes said there was an anxious wait of about 10 minutes before the purchase finally became official but that he was overjoyed to be able to head along to the game.
For Bridport man Adam Chorley missing out was not on the agenda.
Fearing a low stock of tickets available to Essendon faithful Mr Chorley and his sister secured a 35 seat corporate box for the occasion.
"I was that worried we wouldn't be able to get tickets," he said.
"[But] Hawthorn said if you can 35 of your friends together you can have the whole box to yourself."
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And that is exactly what Mr Chorley did.
"I had to work two jobs on Tuesday. Tuesday morning is when we first enquired [about the corporate box] and we had all 35 tickets sorted by that night," he said.
In the frantic scrap for tickets unauthorised ticket sellers jumped at the chance to catch eager punters off guard.
Tickets from The Ticket Merchant were being advertised for as much as $190 prior to tickets even going on sale.
The only authorised ticket agent for the Hawthorn and Essendon game is Ticketmaster where general public tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday.
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