Wellington Sevens tickets sold out

Peacocks.
Peacocks.
The pavlova girls, from Wellington.
The pavlova girls, from Wellington.
Costumed fans.
Costumed fans.
The Palmy North Jockeys before the Wellington Sevens.
The Palmy North Jockeys before the Wellington Sevens.
A Katy Perry fan in the stands.
A Katy Perry fan in the stands.
Costumed fans.
Costumed fans.
The Fijian Dolls (left to right) Nuimai Kamakorewa, Seini Smith, Violet Smith and Ula  Buliruarua.
The Fijian Dolls (left to right) Nuimai Kamakorewa, Seini Smith, Violet Smith and Ula Buliruarua.
Houseelves.
Houseelves.
Grant Ottley and Tracee Porter from Dunedin.
Grant Ottley and Tracee Porter from Dunedin.
Fans in the stands.
Fans in the stands.
Crowds cheer.
Crowds cheer.
Bubble people, from Wellington.
Bubble people, from Wellington.
Kiwis.
Kiwis.
Ancient Egyptians.
Ancient Egyptians.
Costumed fans arrive.
Costumed fans arrive.
Twister and Snakes and Ladders, from Napier.
Twister and Snakes and Ladders, from Napier.
Fans cheer.
Fans cheer.
Troll dolls in the stands.
Troll dolls in the stands.
Tongan fans.
Tongan fans.
Puzzle time!
Puzzle time!
Gaia Chinniah and Erena Te Paa.
Gaia Chinniah and Erena Te Paa.
A hangi and a boil up.
A hangi and a boil up.
NASA.
NASA.
Anchor milk cheers the teams on.
Anchor milk cheers the teams on.
The crowds during Kenya v Australia.
The crowds during Kenya v Australia.
Kenyan cheerleaders during Kenya v Australia.
Kenyan cheerleaders during Kenya v Australia.
Sam Lander as the Phantom of the Opera.
Sam Lander as the Phantom of the Opera.
Wellywood, from Wellington.
Wellywood, from Wellington.
A baseball team.
A baseball team.
Strawberry shortcakes Anna Coffin, left, and Joleen Asquith.
Strawberry shortcakes Anna Coffin, left, and Joleen Asquith.
A group of ballerinas.
A group of ballerinas.
Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.
Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.
Grapes!
Grapes!
Ghost chips.
Ghost chips.
Zebras, from Wellington.
Zebras, from Wellington.
LMFAO fans.
LMFAO fans.
Lego Men, from Palmerston North. Inset: the Lego Men are frisked.
Lego Men, from Palmerston North. Inset: the Lego Men are frisked.
Sesame Street fans.
Sesame Street fans.
Sesame Street fans.
Sesame Street fans.
Mimes from Auckland.
Mimes from Auckland.
Toy soldiers from Hamilton.
Toy soldiers from Hamilton.
Pavlova girls from Wellington.
Pavlova girls from Wellington.
A pack of big babies.
A pack of big babies.
A very detailed headless Alan Lavery.
A very detailed headless Alan Lavery.
The gissy jesters from Gisborne.
The gissy jesters from Gisborne.
Kelly Neighbours, Kate Lynn Osten, Rangi Holland and Michelle Feynen from the South Island.
Kelly Neighbours, Kate Lynn Osten, Rangi Holland and Michelle Feynen from the South Island.
Green bottles.
Green bottles.
Smudge, from Auckland.
Smudge, from Auckland.
Rana Sorenson's Phoenix costume was hand made in Italy and includes 2500 feathers. It was shipped to New Zealand in 2009 for the World of Wearable arts festival.
Rana Sorenson's Phoenix costume was hand made in Italy and includes 2500 feathers. It was shipped to New Zealand in 2009 for the World of Wearable arts festival.
Fans of The Inbetweeners from the Timaru.
Fans of The Inbetweeners from the Timaru.
The popcorn girls from Wellington.
The popcorn girls from Wellington.
Nurses from Auckland.
Nurses from Auckland.
Ghostbusters from Dunedin.
Ghostbusters from Dunedin.
Punks from Tauranga.
Punks from Tauranga.
These guys don't know each other at all.
These guys don't know each other at all.
Japan cheer squad from Blenheim.
Japan cheer squad from Blenheim.
Welly Wallys.
Welly Wallys.
Vili Sotutu and his son Eroni from Invercargill.
Vili Sotutu and his son Eroni from Invercargill.
Action man, playing with barbies.
Action man, playing with barbies.
Speedo cops.
Speedo cops.
Wonder women.
Wonder women.
The Poison Ivy group from Wellington.
The Poison Ivy group from Wellington.
Mel and Phil from Christchurch as characters from the film Kick Arse.
Mel and Phil from Christchurch as characters from the film Kick Arse.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
Smurfs from Marlborough.
Smurfs from Marlborough.

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

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
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Email: shabnam.dastgheib@dompost.co.nz
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