ARU officials believe this year’s Lions tour will be the biggest sporting event to be held in Australia since the 2003 RWC, and ticket sales seem to support this.
Upwards of 30 000 Lions supporters travelled to Australia for the British and Irish Lions last tour of Australia in 2001, and it looks like there could be even more heading East for this year’s tour.
Tickets for Test matches in June and July against the Wallabies sold out in 15 minutes on Monday, matching the record ticket sale numbers in 2001, said Peter Jenkins from the Australian Rugby Union to the Sydney Morning Herald website.
Ticket prices ranged in price from Aus$95 to Aus$295 for adults. The ARU did not release information about how many tickets were available for purchase in Monday’s public allocation.
And it seems it is not only Computicket that suffers the wrath of the public in these situations … 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.
“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 one irritated fan.
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.