Wellington Sevens tickets sold out

Fans warned of scalping after morning sell-out

Last updated 12:04 07/11/2012

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Tickets to next year's Wellington Sevens tournament sold out this morning, with listings already appearing on TradeMe.

LATEST: Tickets went on sale online and over the phone at 9am today. Last year the tickets sold out in just three minutes with the most expensive ticket costing $195.

Tickets have risen in price again this year and sales were slightly slower. The Hertz Sevens Wellington website is reporting that 14,000 tickets sold out in 17 minutes, however The Dominion Post received reports of tickets being available for purchase up to 9.45am.

A Hertz Sevens Wellington spokeswoman said as far as she was aware all tickets had been allocated by 9.17am though some transactions may not have gone through, meaning a few tickets were available after that time. 

Official tickets through Ticketek to covered, uncovered and the red zones cost $199 while a family zone adult ticket cost $149. A child ticket for the family zone cost $59. Tickets cover both days of the tournament.

Tickets have already been posted for re-sale on TradeMe, some at a profit, with sellers saying they purchased too many and were selling off the surplus.

A few listings were asking a buy now price of $800 for two tickets.

Wellington Sevens general manager Steve Walters advised those who had missed out on official tickets through Ticketek not to purchase on TradeMe as their tickets could be cancelled at any time.

Any ticket being sold above face value which could be tracked down, would be cancelled by Sevens staff and the buyer would not be aware of that until the day of the tournament.

The event on February 1-2 will be the 14th two-day international Sevens tournament in Wellington. 

Tickets to this year's Toast Martinborough also sold out at a slightly slower rate than expected. Tickets for the 10,000 capacity wine and food festival went on sale in early October at 9am, and were sold out by 2.30pm the same day.

Last year the 10,000 tickets sold out in minutes.

Contact Shabnam Dastgheib
Breaking news reporter
Email: shabnam.dastgheib@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @shab_d

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