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No S14 final ticket, no chance
No more tickets available. (file)
Johannesburg - There is no hope for rugby fans to get late tickets for the Super 14 final between the Bulls and the Stormers in Soweto on Saturday, the Blue Bulls said on Wednesday.
Blue Bulls Rugby Union (BBRU) CEO Barend van Graan said all the tickets for the game at the Orlando Stadium had been sold out on Tuesday.
Fans who were waiting for the Union to release leftovers of the 14,000 season tickets not collected by their holders were also out of luck.
"They [season tickets] were made available yesterday and all of them were collected yesterday," said Van Graan.
"If you don't have tickets, it is over."
The BBRU made only 3 200 tickets available through Computicket on Tuesday. These tickets were sold out within minutes of going on sale at 09:00 on Tuesday.
"We had a lot of complaints about that," said Van Graan.
Van Graan said the BBRU had several meetings with the stadium management and the City of Johannesburg, among others, to ensure that the traffic jams experienced by fans at the semifinal on Saturday would not happen again this weekend.
"We are opening another route and there will be no soccer, so the traffic will be better."
He said, however, fans needed to get to the stadium earlier and try to be seated at least an hour before the game starts.
The union had also worked on signage in the stadium, to make sure fans were better able to find their seats. Many fans were frustrated at the semi-final as ushers were unable to help them find their seats and signage was confusing.
Metrorail would make five trains available to transport rugby fans to the stadium, the company said in a statement.
"The trains will commence from Pretoria Station, via Centurion Station, Kempton Park Station, Johannesburg Station and the final destination, Mlamlankuzi Station which is a four minute walk from Orlando Stadium."
Tickets would be available at Computicket from Wednesday at a cost of R50 per ticket, until Thursday at 16:00.
Metrorail warned that limited parking would be available at the train stations and encouraged supporters to arrange to be dropped off at the stations.
The first train would leave Pretoria at 12.05pm and arrive at Mlamlankuzi at 13:33.