AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) has worked with our event ticketing provider, NTix and crunched the numbers for the Dreamtime in Darwin game between Essendon and Richmond with the data showing that 99% of tickets sold by 1:15pm, a mere 15 minutes after going on sale to the public.
A total of 1,379 tickets were sold by in the first five (5) minutes alone, representing 25 per cent of the venue's total capacity (5,461 patrons) as advised under TIO Stadium's COVID Event Plan.
The game was officially sold out at 1:40pm, with many people eager to see this historic occasion, unfortunately, missing out.
Due to social distancing protocols and COVID cleaning requirements, the allocation of tickets for matches at TIO Stadium are limited.
AFLNT has no doubt had the usual 12,000-odd tickets been available they would've also been exhausted.
Dreamtime in Darwin is going to be a culturally rich and unique occasion for all those in attendance, but it will translate just as wonderfully on-screen. It will be enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people around the country.
As is the case with the Gold Coast SUNS vs Carlton game, AFLNT is feverishly working on alternate ways and overflow areas so that fans can feel part of the occasion.
It is understood that unauthorised websites are offering tickets to the two Darwin fixtures.
Fans need to understand that these websites are unofficial ticket resellers, and we cannot verify the authenticity of any purchase. The only authorised ticketing agent for the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership season games in Darwin is www.NTix.com.au.
Other websites have no official connection or affiliation with AFL and have not been authorised or licenced by the AFL to utilise AFL Intellectual Property in the manner described. We have sent a cease and desist letter to these websites, but we strongly advise you read the terms and conditions and contact the on-seller directly for a refund.
AFLNT does not have tickets for sale at the gate on game day, so for the health and safety of everyone, please do not attend looking to buy a ticket.