Anonymous
Last year

Ticket sales for game 1 Hisense Arena?

Anyone know (approximately) how many tickets have been sold so far for United's game 1 on Friday at Hisense Arena?

Thanks.

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Anonymous  
Last year

10K already on Friday apparently.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Averaging something like 8500 at Hisense this season. Wonder if they looked at playing the finals at Rod Laver with its 15000 seats?

Friday night is an awful night for a Melbourne final, so maybe that factors into it.

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Anonymous  
Last year

"10K already on Friday apparently"

If you are going on what they said on the Fox broadcast, this is definitely incorrect

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Anonymous  
Last year

Yes, what they said on Fox.

Sounds like hyped BS doesn't it?

It didn't sound right.

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Anonymous  
Last year

There is no way they have sold 10k already for game 1.

The announcement of 10k being sold last Friday can't be right because that would indicate that the remaining 300 tickets haven't been sold within 5 days

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Anonymous  
Last year

"Yes, what they said on Fox.

Sounds like hyped BS doesn't it?

It didn't sound right."

Agreed. Look at it like this. Perth advertised very heavily for their last home game. They were averaging over 13k per game. Last Friday's game got just over 12k.

This is because other sporting codes had kicked off their seasons, which will always affect NBL crowds

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NBL Fan  
Last year

They haven't opened up the full arena yet so I'd say around 7k at the moment.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Why haven't they opened up the full arena yet? Slow ticket sales?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ticket sales will be slow because Friday night is junior rep night in Melbourne. Stupid night for a Melbourne final.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Looking at the map on Ticketek of what is available its looking like max 7000 sold at this stage.

The cheapest seats in the house are $51 for an adult, sorry but not paying that for crap seats when I can't see them win the actual championship, might pay that for game 3 though and def pay that if it gets to game 5.

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Anonymous  
Last year

It was 10,000 tickets across the 2 games.. since you could purchase then together

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Anonymous  
Last year

Makes sense.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hahahaha are Melbourne doing their creative accounting with ticket sales as they used to do with memberships?

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thatguyontheend  
Last year

tickets have now gone to a reseller - best way to snatch last minute tickets??

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Anonymous  
Last year

Lasttix?

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LV  
Last year

It's obviously not sold out tomorrow.

I just got a text message encouraging me to buy tickets. Which I already have...

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Anonymous  
Last year

Wonder why... Friday night everyone is driving all over Melbourne for VJBL.

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Anonymous  
Last year

I'm going to see the first quarter and a half, then off to VJBL. Better than nothing

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Anonymous  
Last year

LOL yeah I just got an SMS "Melbourne, we need you"

So that 10K was creative accounting over their first two games in the series, LOL.

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Haz  
Last year

I understand theres a big issue with clashing with VJBL, however its a frigging grand final. Anything less than 7000 people there and Melbourne should hand back its 'sporting capital of the world' brag.

What about all the other people of Melbourne who dont have junior basketball obligations? Not interested? Melbourne's first NBL grand final appearance since 2009. This is a joke if its not over 7000.

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LV  
Last year

I wonder what percentage of attendees at the average United game have VJBL commitments of some sort on a Friday night.

It wouldn't be huge, but it wouldn't be negligible either.

And the thing is, it's a huge missed opportunity. This is your target market. They're a captive audience- they're in basketball stadiums regularly. So what do you do? You put up your Melbourne United posters. You run school holiday programs. You offer discounted memberships to the association.

United has been doing all the right things....and now this. BOTH games 1 AND 3 on a Friday. It is a monumental stuff up that really takes the shine off so much of the good work they've done for the past 4 years.

This was the whole point of switching from the Tigers! The was a huge part of the rationale- that those from the burbs, those connected with either defunct NBL clubs or opposing VJBL clubs or both, wouldn't support the Tigers. And now they aren't being given the opportunity to support United either.

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LV  
Last year

I do think there will be at least 9,000 people there tomorrow night though.

You can see on Ticketek that they've opened up the top section. And the rest- the parts that were open for Semi Game 1, are basically sold out- only individual seats available.

Prices are a bit high though.

For a Bronze seat- nosebleed on the baselines, you're talking $51.

For people with a mortgage, kids and all the rest of it, that's a big outlay.

You could spend $40 on a pub meal and a couple of beers, and watch it on a big screen.

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Anonymous  
Last year

MUVJBL

http://vjbl.com.au/

United sponsor the junior league, and if you had every been to a game you see how much of an influence the young kids have. Ridiculous.

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Anonymous  
Last year

They had to play G1 & G3 on Fridays. Saturday this time of year has every league playing which means all Fox channels are full on Sat night. That's why Utd's SF G1 was on Fox Sports News as there was no room but due to stadium availability had to play on a Saturday.

Of course Utd wanted to not play on Fridays during VJBL but had no choice.

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koberulz  
Last year

United have also managed to schedule VJBL games at Hisense throughout the week, freeing those families to attend the grand final. They're clearly aware of the situation and working with it as best they can.

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LV  
Last year

Yeah it is tough to schedule.

At the end of the day United had to have game 1. Unless LK wanted to pull rank and switch to it AHHAH. Which wouldn't happen.

So perhaps monumental "stuff up" was a bit harsh. It's more just disappointing.

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Anonymous  
Last year

There are actually 2 VJBL games now scheduled at Hisense Arena tonight.

18 Boys VC at 16:20
16 Boys VJL1 at 21:30

Ticketek map looking like it will be a 8,000 crowd

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A  
Last year

Extremely sad and disgraceful for what they call themselves 'The Sporting Capital of Australia' with a population of 5.8 million and with one pro basketball team, what can one say... SA, 1.6 million and geographically much larger than Victoria, game sells out in under 3 days and looking at the same number of around 8000 people.

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LC  
Last year

Don't underestimate the impact of the VJBL being played on Friday. It is Round 1 for the majority of teams!

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Anonymous  
Last year

Settle down.

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Double Clutch  
Last year

Not to defend Melbourne's atrocious ticket sales, but Adelaide's game isn't sold out. The tickets held aside for Melbourne fans were released last night and some are still available.

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Dave  
Last year

AFAIK, there are only about 20 single seats left for Sunday's game?

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Double Clutch  
Last year

Yes, is now. When I wrote that there was more. The 30 minutes they were snapped up in is testament to Adelaide's sales.

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