Hundreds queue for 'big game' tickets
By RENEE REDMOND
HUNDREDS of devoted NRL fans overwhelmed the Northern Rivers Ticket Centre yesterday morning in a bid to secure a grandstand ticket to the City v Country game being played at Lismore's Oakes Oval on May 6.
The queue started to form at 5am, with eager fans vying for the 320 grandstand seats available to the general public.
Within one hour all grandstand tickets were sold, leaving fans no choice but to settle for general admission tickets.
About two-thirds of the grandstand tickets were sold to people who took the time to line up, while the other third were sold to those who phoned in.
By yesterday afternoon, more than 1000 of the available 7500 general admission tickets had been sold, with a complete sell-out tipped within 10 days.
Northern Rivers Ticket Centre manager, John Howard, said while the grandstand held 1012 people, corporate sponsors took up 692 seats.
"I know a lot of people were disappointed about the limited number of seats available, but if we don't have corporate sponsors we don't have football," he said.
Mr Howard said he had six phone lines open from 9am yesterday which ran hot all morning.
"The phones have not stopped all day. We've had people calling from as far north as Brisbane and as far south as Sydney," he said. "Some people started lining up about 5am to secure their seats."
Mr Howard said general admission tickets were still available costing $20 for adults and $10 for juniors (under-15).
"We've already sold over 1000 general admission," he said.
A crowd limit of 9000 has been imposed on Oakes Oval.
Tickets can be purchased through the Northern Rivers Ticket Centre in Molesworth Street, Lismore, on 6621 5600.
The City v Country game will be played at Oakes Oval on May 6.