AFL waives Marvel Stadium Ticketmaster booking fee, freezes AFL general entry ticket price at MCG, Marvel Stadium for three years


“Like many stadiums across the country, the MCG manages its own ticketing provider agreement and the same model as in previous years will be in place for the 2020 AFL Premiership Season,” a spokeswoman said.

“Patrons purchasing tickets to AFL matches at the MCG in 2020 will incur a fee of $3.10 per transaction, regardless of the quantity of tickets purchased.”

The AFL has dropped transaction fees for matches at Marvel Stadium, a boost to fans of tenant clubs such as the Bulldogs.Credit:Getty Images

AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman has welcomed the price freeze and Marvel’s booking fee savings.

“Keeping AFL games accessible for families is great for the long-term health of the game,” Mr Eeman said.

“In some cases, booking fees can be used as a licence to print money.”

Mr Eeman urged other AFL grounds around the country to make their tickets more affordable.

“Hopefully those who run other ­AFL venues will take notice and follow Marvel Stadium’s lead. Making footy more affordable is a win-win that will put more bums on seats.”

Reserved seat prices, set by home clubs, will be announced in the next fortnight.

There are 43 matches scheduled at Marvel Stadium for the home-and-away season this year: St Kilda have 14, followed by the Western Bulldogs (12), Carlton (10), Essendon (nine), North Melbourne (nine), Hawthorn (five), GWS (four), Collingwood, Fremantle and Sydney (three), Adelaide, the Brisbane Lions, Geelong, Port Adelaide, Richmond and West Coast (two), and Gold Coast and Melbourne (one).

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In a statement on Friday morning, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the league was committed to keeping footy affordable for fans.

“Marvel Stadium hosts nearly a quarter of the AFL season’s matches, our new pricing strategy with Ticketmaster removes a barrier and provides an immediate saving for fans,” McLachlan said.

“Our commitment continues to make AFL games as accessible and affordable as possible.

“Over 7.5 million fans attended the footy in 2019, our clubs do a great job in providing fun and engaging match days and we will continue to give fans the best opportunity to enjoy a game of AFL footy.”

Tickets for the AFL season go on sale for AFL and club members from February 24.

More than 1.3 million people went to AFL matches at Marvel Stadium last year.

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