With all the fuss that usually surrounds the purchasing of Grand final tickets and with the arrival as a premiership force of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, you’d think that the NRL would embrace the challenge and sell out ANZ Stadium twice over so that it could accommodate the millions of Rabbitoh fans that would want to see their team winning another title for the first time in 42 years.
Unfortunately though, with the impending struggle for football honours also comes the utter extortion by the NRL in raising the ticket prices for the Grand Final by over 100%, so that the average footy loving supporter and many of the success starved Rabbitoh fans are possibly priced out of the market in the search for their Holy Grail of a 21st premiership.
The option of buying a Silver ticket for the big game with a seat in the area that would normally be considered General Admission (GA) for a club game is a good case in point. Last year these tickets cost $65 and were a good option for those of us who fork out hundreds to thousands of dollars a year to watch our team play but this year the unscrupulous, money grabbing NRL have seen fit to raise the cost of this ticket to $165 and instead of the average Joe/Joanne being able to join in with the rest of his/her supporting mates, he/she first has to think about going hungry for a month so that he/she can afford to buy what he/she has waited so long for, a South Sydney Grand Final ticket and in fact, a win in person.
Adult – $165
Concession – $120
Junior – $95
Family – $425
But the ticket pricing structure is not the only sticking point for this little black rabbit. It seems that the management of the South Sydney Rabbitohs are now working on an underhanded deal with that elitist group of supporters called The Burrow (I call them the WACO’s) and are now attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of the 99.9% majority of the other loyal Rabbitoh supporters, so that these vociferous annoyances can be placed in a prominent position come Grand Final day.
In essence, they want all WACO’s to buy the maximum number of their ticket allocation (2 tickets) and with about 600 ticketed members to Bay 110 that makes a total of 1200, so if/when Souths make the Grand Final, the club will use their allocation of tickets from the NRL and SWAP those 1200 tickets with the WACO’s in order to keep the group together.
In fact, the tickets that WACO’s are being told to buy are in the nose bleed section up the back of the top deck and the cheapest ones in the stadium at $80 each. These seats are the ones that Souths will sell in their final allocation to all the eager ticket-seeking ‘normal’ supporters, so instead of everyone having the opportunity of gaining premium seating, late comers will be perched up in the nose bleed section while the WACO’s will be all together in a prominent position because of their elitist and holier-than-thou status.
After all, you’re not a TRUE SUPPORTER unless you’re in The Burrow, so THEY say!
Apparently, this is all to be kept quiet at present, as the club management don’t want this information getting out (woops) and then looking as if they are giving preferential treatment to the WACO’s, whilst ignoring each and every other Rabbitohs fan. So for those of us long-suffering Souths supporters who are no longer a part of the Burrow, or in fact never were and don’t come into calculatons for special treatment, or for the supporters who will travel far and wide to attend the game and still hope for a reasonable chance of a good seat, you and I will in fact be treated like second class citizens in order for this bunch of nondescripts to be afforded the luxury of becoming the Grand Final face of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
So provided you can actually afford the cost of the ticket this year or don’t mind the extortion and elitism behind the purchasing of tickets, if you get stuck up the top of ANZ Stadium and your nose starts to bleed, then you can thank the WACO’s for the pleasure of watching them down below you in their premium positioning.
Please see the previous post for further ticketing information.