Are Sports fans being “ripped off” when they purchase tickets for major international events such as the 6 Nations Rugby championships? According to a new survey carried out by one of Europe’s most comprehensive ticket search engines Tixdaq.com that is clearly so.
Irish fans complained at the fees set by the IRFU for tickets at the Aviva Stadium in the Autumn series but even those prices were much less expensive compared with what is currently being asked for 2011 6 Nations tickets. Rugby fans are paying up to 10 times more than they need to for identical tickets
to this year’s 6 Nations Championships.
“There are now so many ticketing websites, if you’re not careful you can easily pay over the odds. We’ve decided to take the hard work out of looking and bring all of the ticket prices and availability together in one place.”
Rugby fans are paying up to 10 times more than they need to for identical tickets to this year’s 6 Nations Rugby Championship on online ticketing websites, according to Tixdaq, which has operates Europe’s most comprehensive online ticket search engine – www.tixdaq.com
Tixdaq Chief Executive Will Muirhead said, “There are now so many ticketing websites, if you’re not careful you can easily pay over the odds”.
Muirhead cites the 6 Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on 4th February for which near identical rugby tickets in Block U36 range from £159 to £1,590.
“A diehard rugby fan will obviously pay whatever it takes to see the game,” said Muirhead, talking to the British media , “but would you really want to pay £1,431 more than you need to?”
“The British public alone spend over £3 billion every year on buying tickets to live sport and entertainment. By increasing transparency in the market we believe we can save the public millions of pounds a year,” said Muirhead, “Across Europe, the figure’s more than £15 billion.”
While a price differential is inevitable between front row and back row tickets, Tixdaq shows that there is often a wide discrepancy in pricing on ticketing sites for identical tickets.
In the case of England v France at Twickenham on 26th February, a North Stand Upper Tier ticket can range from £275 to over £600.
“Whether people need to get extra tickets at the last minute or have unwanted returns, ticket exchange clearly has many benefits for the fan. We hope that through greater transparency and understanding of the market any negative aspects of ticket resale can be nullified.”
Of course it is NOT just Rugby fans who are paying way over the odds – the same can be said for almost any major event, be it a sports event or a concert. The best advice of course is to purchase your ticket from the “official” source, be it the IRFU, GAA, FAI , whoever but if you MUST have a ticket then at
the very least “shop around” and above all be sure that it is “reputable” ticket agency you purchase from. Just wait until events like the Olympic Games London 2012 come around ! Remember the advice from SportsNewsIreland remains “register” NOW for the Olympics with
Be sure to include a note of the particular events you would like to see, by priority, and you will be automatically notified as to “key dates”, when tickets go on sale at “official” prices, etc.
Here are a selection of examples of what different online websites are currently charging for the 6 Nations:
Wales v England 4th Feb £119 – £1590
Scotland v Wales 12th Feb £39 – £300
England v Italy 12th Feb £46 – 446
England v France – 26th Feb £200 – £907
Scotland v Ireland – 27th Feb £39 – £317
Wales v Ireland – 12th Mar £110 – £268
England v Scotland – 13th Mar £190 – £594
Scotland v Italy – 19th Mar £22 – £274
Italy v Ireland – 5th Feb £28 – £220
France v Scotland – 5th Feb £21 – £165
Ireland v France – 13th Feb £169 – £550
Italy v Wales – 26th Feb £34 – £309
Italy v France – 12th Mar £37 – £355
Ireland v England – 19th Mar £223 – £1098
France v Wales – 19th Mar £58 – £457