Fremantle fans braving the trip across the Nullarbor for the Dockers’ semi-final with Collingwood will need to brace for a hostile reception, outnumbered 11 to one by raucous Magpie fanatics.
The Dockers and their fans will be facing a full house of Collingwood-mad supporters on Saturday after all tickets for their MCG semi-final were sold out.
5000 Fremantle members snapped up seats to the MCG blockbuster, but they will find it hard to get a word in with the other 57,000 taken by the black and white army.
The AFL on Tuesday afternoon confirmed the game was a sell-out, little more than a day after tickets went on sale.
However, fans who missed out on their seat may get a second chance, with any unused allocated tickets to hit the market on Thursday at 12pm (WA time).
Melbourne Cricket Club members will decide the final crowd number, which is expected to be more than 90,000.
The Dockers will face a vocal and hostile crowd as they push for their spot in a preliminary final against Sydney at the SCG.
91,525 fans attended Collingwood’s qualifying loss to Geelong, bring the house down in the dying stages.
It is set to be the second-most people Freo have ever played in front of, behind the 100,007 who watched the 2013 grand final loss to Hawthorn in the club’s most recent finals game at the MCG.
The trip across the Nullarbor won’t come cheap with the lowest fare for this Friday with Jetstar at $736 one-way with Virgin Australia at $789 and Qantas $993 as of late on Monday.
While Travel and Sports Australia are offering WA Fremantle and Collingwood fans a chartered flight with reserved tickets and accommodation for $1750 per person.
Crowds in home finals between Collingwood and non-Victorian teams in last 20 years *
- 77,828 v GWS 2019 Loss
- 72,504 v GWS 2018 Win
- 51,722 v Port Adelaide 2013 Loss
- 65,483 v West Coast 2012 Win
- 67,502 v West Coast 2011 Win
- 62,184 v Adelaide 2009 Win
- 64,645 v Sydney 2007 Win
- 77,405 v Port Adelaide 2003 Win
- 66,092 v Brisbane 2003 Win
- 88,960 v Adelaide 2002 Win