The AFL is trying to level the playing field in the competition with the 18 clubs, but what about the game’s passionate supporters? For 2014, the AFL has introduced a different price ticketing structure, with tickets for ostensible big games to cost more. I was shocked this week when I went to buy a ticket in the Ponsford Stand at the MCG for the Carlton/Richmond game on March 27 to be told a seat towards the back of level 1 would cost $55. I didn’t even bother to ask how much a family ticket would cost.
A Visitor’s Ticket in the so-called prestigious MCC Members Reserve costs just over $30. Many people may be satisfied to watch games on TV, but for me, that’s no substitute for being there. It is an appalling indictment that the AFL’s chief enjoys a salary of more than $1 million while so many ordinary working people who’ve helped create the exciting football culture are being priced out of watching the game as it’s played on the field.