AFL grand final: 10,000 free tickets to Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs training sessions snapped up

Samantha RogersThe West Australian
Footy fans who missed out on tickets to this weekend’s AFL grand final have snapped up free tickets to see Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs train the day before the premiership decider.
Camera IconFooty fans who missed out on tickets to this weekend’s AFL grand final have snapped up free tickets to see Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs train the day before the premiership decider. Credit: AFL Photos

Footy fans who missed out on tickets to this weekend’s AFL grand final have snapped up 10,000 free tickets to see Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs train the day before the premiership decider.

At 12pm today, 25,000 tickets went up for grabs for the Friday event, formed around the clubs’ respective captain’s runs.

It which will see the Demons run out at 10.30am and the Dogs follow at noon.

Both grand finalists will train for 45 minutes on the Optus Stadium turf in perfect Perth spring weather with a top of 26.

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It will be the second time Demons fans will see their team’s preparations in the flesh in Perth, after an open training session at HBF Arena on Friday attracted hundreds whose heart beats true for the red and blue.

The Dogs were finally released from quarantine on Sunday morning, with many stars seen out and about in the city on Tuesday.

The grand final open training session will be their only opportunity to get up close and personal ahead of the September 25 decider.

Optus Stadium confirmed 10,000 tickets had been sold as of 3pm Tuesday.

It is a small consolation for the 170,000-odd fans who fought a losing battle for the 10,250 grand final tickets available to the general public.

A Max Gawn doll is seen during the Melbourne Demons training session at HBF Arena.
Camera IconA Max Gawn doll is seen during the Melbourne Demons training session at HBF Arena. Credit: Michael Willson/AFL Photos

Those tickets sold out in just nine minutes after going on sale Thursday morning, with fans battling for a spot in the Ticketmaster queue from 10am.

Last week, it had been anticipated that the general public number could swell beyond 10,000, with any unused membership tickets to be added to the sale.

But both the Demons and Dogs’ allotment of 12,000 members tickets were snapped up in around four hours, with fans over east sharing their member barcodes to enable WA residents to take advantage.

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