The match day ticket is about to return to the AFL.
SEN.com.au can reveal the box offices at the MCG and Marvel Stadium are set to re-open as early as next weekend.
The ban on buying a ticket to the footy on the day of the game at the window has irritated some fans, who point to the Covid-enforced complexity surrounding ticketing as the reason for low attendances.
But the AFL is pushing for the return of the match-day ticket, removing another hurdle in the attendance process.
The time-honoured tradition is expected to return either next weekend or in Round 12 in time for the Essendon-Richmond Dreamtime at the ‘G clash at the MCG.
The AFL a fortnight ago received government approval for a return to 85 per cent capacity at Victoria’s footy venues, which also paved the way for supporters to return to their reserved seats from Round 9.
Reduced capacity in stadiums and within individual seating bays had seen thousands of fans unable to sit with family and friends in the seats they had paid for and occupied for years.
But the league was able to restructure the seating configuration to ensure a return to normal arrangements.
Fans are now able to download a digital membership card from their club on their smart phone to gain entry without having to register for seats.