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Give GWS GF tickets to opposition: fans

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016 Scott Bailey

The AFL fans association says any unsold GWS tickets to the AFL grand final - should the Giants make it that far - should be given to opposition and not added to the corporate allocation.

The league sets aside 15,000 tickets to the members of each grand final participant, an allocation which rarely satisfies the demand of qualifying clubs.

But with just 6,200 of the Giants 15,312 members purchasing tickets for this weekend's home preliminary, it seems unlikely they would require their allocation for the decider, should they qualify by beating Western Bulldogs on Saturday night.

The association is fearful the AFL will then add those unsold tickets to the 17,000 put aside for corporates last year, denying fans from either Sydney or Geelong a fair crack at tickets.

"We don't want a situation where GWS or the AFL funnels any left-over tickets to corporates," association president Gerry Eeman said.

"It will diminish the atmosphere and infuriate the members of the other competing team who miss out on buying tickets."

The move comes as the fans association continue to lobby the AFL for a higher percentage of tickets allocated to club members for the biggest day in the code's calendar.

Only the Gold Coast, GWS and Brisbane have less than 30,000 members - double that of the figure allocated at the MCG for the match.

Of the other remaining teams, Sydney have 56,000, Geelong 51,000 and the Western Bulldogs 39,000.

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