WITH one eye blue and the other white, Canterbury-Bankstown-mad Jason Hamling was never going to miss the NRL grand final between his beloved Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
So when he snapped up four category A tickets to the game yesterday morning to secure a place among the 84,000 people expected to pack out the former Olympic stadium, it made his day.
But just how far are some people prepared to go to be part of the action.
Reports of seats next to the two coaches boxes being sold for $3000 each on eBay surfaced yesterday, while most others selling decider tickets online are waiting to hit the $1000 mark before letting the golden ticket go.
It is not illegal to trade tickets for profit online, however, it is a breach of the conditions of the original sale of the ticket.
But selling tickets to make a profit at the ground is illegal.
Mr Hamling secured his four tickets for $465 at Ticketek in Orange.
He originally went to Facebook in search of a ticket but didn’t find what he was looking for.
“I was being offered single tickets but my two sons want to come so that threw a bit of a spanner in the works,” Mr Hamling said.
“There were a few down at Ticketek this morning and my nephew is coming now as well so we picked up four.”
Hamling said he looked at eBay as a possible way of getting tickets, but, as many have found out, the price-tag was enormous.
“They were selling them from anywhere between $300 and $400,” he said.
“We’ve got category A tickets with restricted sight in row three, but all that means is there will be a television camera go past every now and then.”
Grand final tickets for the Melbourne Storm and Canterbury Bulldogs grand final officially went on sale for between $65 and $200.