Scalping rife ahead of cricket final

Tickets to tomorrow night’s sold out Big Bash semi-final at Adelaide Oval have been on-sold for more than five times the original value as opportunists take advantage of the Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to crack down on scalpers.

Less than two hours after tickets to the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder semi-final went on sale to the general public, scalpers were selling multiple adult general admission tickets for more than five times the original price.

Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone said the failure to declare the semi-final under the Major Events Act 2013 has left the door open for ticket scalpers.

“The State Government has been spruiking the large crowd numbers attending Big Bash games at Adelaide Oval yet it has failed to take action against scalpers by declaring the semi-final a Major Event,” Mr Whetstone said.

“The Minister for Sport had previously shrugged off concerns I have raised with him about on-selling tickets for profit from sold-out sporting events and it is happening again right under his nose.

“People need to be extremely cautious when buying tickets to an event from a private seller as these tickets may not be genuine and may not arrive as promised.”

Under the Major Events Act 2013 it is an offence for a person to sell tickets for a declared major event without the permission of the organiser at a price higher than 10 per cent of the face value of the ticket.

“I’m calling on the State Government to review the cumbersome process to declare an event under the Major Events Act 2013 and ensure that there are strict laws and penalties in place to ensure tickets to sporting events in South Australia are not being scalped,” Mr Whetstone said.

“It is simply not good enough for the Minister for Sport to lay the blame with online selling sites such as Ebay and Gumtree.

“The message must be made loud and clear, if you flout the ticket scalping laws in South Australia it will not be tolerated.”