Thousands of Collingwood members were left disappointed by the ticketing process for the 2023 AFL Grand Final, as a balloting system resulted in many missing out on coveted seats.

Members were allocated seats randomly based on their Priority Group, with Priority 1 members having the highest chance of securing tickets. However, even some Priority 1 members were left with standing room tickets.

The controversy was exacerbated by some members feeling they weren’t adequately informed about the possibility of receiving standing room tickets, leading to confusion and frustration among the Collingwood faithful.

Ticketek, the ticketing provider, defended the process, stating that they followed instructions from the AFL, Collingwood Football Club, and the MCG. Official statements assured members that the balloting process ran as planned.

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