Wellington Sevens tickets sold out

00:45, Nov 07 2012
Brent Murray
Brent Murray from Island bay heading to a BBQ in Naenae before heading to the Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Pash n Dash crew.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Palmy North Jockeys before the Wellington Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Fijian Dolls (left to right) Nuimai Kamakorewa, Seini Smith, Violet Smith and Ula Buliruarua.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Poison Ivy group from Wellington.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mel and Phil from Christchurch as characters from the film Kick Arse.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Lego Men, from Palmerston North. Inset: the Lego Men are frisked.
Svens costumes
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.
Sevens costumes
Action man, playing with barbies.
Sevens costumes
Wonder women.
Sevens costumes
Speedo cops.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Vili Sotutu and his son Eroni from Invercargill.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Welly Wallys.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Japan cheer squad from Blenheim.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
These guys don't know each other at all.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Punks from Tauranga.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Pavlova girls from Wellington.
Svens costumes
Ghostbusters from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Nurses from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A very detailed headless Alan Lavery.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans of The Inbetweeners from the Timaru.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The popcorn girls from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smudge, from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Green bottles.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kelly Neighbours, Kate Lynn Osten, Rangi Holland and Michelle Feynen from the South Island.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A pack of big babies.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Toy soldiers from Hamilton.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The gissy jesters from Gisborne.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Wellywood, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Zebras, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mimes from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Strawberry shortcakes Anna Coffin, left, and Joleen Asquith.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grapes!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
LMFAO fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ghost chips.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sam Lander as the Phantom of the Opera.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A baseball team.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A group of ballerinas.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kenyan cheerleaders during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The crowds during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Bubble people, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Anchor milk cheers the teams on.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Peacocks.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Gaia Chinniah and Erena Te Paa.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Puzzle time!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
NASA.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Houseelves.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Tongan fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A hangi and a boil up.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Troll dolls in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kiwis.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grant Ottley and Tracee Porter from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ancient Egyptians.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Crowds cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Twister and Snakes and Ladders, from Napier.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A Katy Perry fan in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The pavlova girls, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.

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.

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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
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