The AFL is trialling a new ticketing system it hopes will allow matches in Victoria to return to 100 per cent capacity.

  • Fans will need to enter the name and contact details of every person attending the match when buying tickets
  • The trial will be conducted at two matches: Carlton v Port Adelaide and Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
  • Victorian public health officials are working with the AFL to boost capacity to 100 per cent

Capacity at the MCG is currently limited to 75 per cent, or about 75,000 people.
But many fans are hoping it will be boosted to 100 per cent in time for the Anzac Day match between Collingwood and Essendon, one of the biggest games of the season.
In 2019, 92,241 people attended the match.
Acting Premier James Merlino said while Victorian public health officials were working with the AFL, there was no guarantee capacity would be at 100 per cent by Anzac Day.
“We are working together to get to that point [full capacity], but we cannot put a timeline on that today,” he said.
At full capacity, the MCG can hold about 100,000 spectators.(ABC News: Peter Healy
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He said public health officials were working through some issues with the AFL, and a ticket pilot would happen at a few games this weekend.
“It’s all about contact tracing, and having the confidence that if we have 100,000 people filling this venue, there’s the ability for public health to effectively contact trace,” he said.
The ticketing trial will be conducted for Carlton vs Port Adelaide at the MCG, and Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast SUNS at the Marvel Stadium.
All fans buying tickets will need to enter the name and contact number of each person attending the match, the AFL said.
The AFL estimated adding the extra contact details would add about 30-60 seconds to the total transaction time.
Previously fans would only need to enter one person’s details when buying a bunch of tickets.
Kylie Rogers from the AFL said fans had been understanding about the changes.
“Encouragingly the data shows fans have quickly adopted the digital ticketing process, and we thank them for embracing the required change,” she said.
“The trial this week will assist us in getting back to 100% capacity as soon as possible and eventually seeing members get back to their beloved reserved seats in stadium.”
There were about 67,200 people at the first T20 the Motera Stadium in India on March 12.(Reuters: Danish Siddiqui
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The Anzac Day game could see Victoria set a world record for the largest crowd at a sporting match since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared.
That record is currently held by the first two Twenty20 cricket matches between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which Indian media reported drew 67,200 and 66,352 people respectively.
The 51,723 crowd at the MCG on March 25 was reportedly the largest crowd seen in the Southern Hemisphere since the pandemic hit.