It’s the moment many people have been waiting for—the chance to buy tickets to Taylor Swift’s sold-out shows at the MCG.
Sale dates and late releases have passed, and things are getting desperate with only two months to go.
So when Richmond AFLW star Sarah Hosking posted to her 25,000 Instagram followers that she was selling four tickets to the Melbourne tour opener, fans jumped out of their seats.
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“Sell four tickets to Tay Tay,” Hosking wrote.
“Call or text only; please, no DMs.”
It was too good to be true: the phone number attached to the post belonged to fellow AFLW player Ruby Schleicher, who never had any tickets for sale.
A screen recording, complete with Swift’s song Karma as the soundtrack, shows Schleicher’s phone buzzing with dozens and dozens of messages asking ‘Sarah’ about tickets.
“Everyone, please stop texting and calling me and asking for T.Swift tickets!” Written by Schleicher.
“Sarah, you are the worst kind of person. Karma will catch up with you soon.”
Hosking, who recently spent time recording an AFLW podcast with Schleicher, only saw the funny side.
“I’m a *******, and I know it. Sorry for everything,” he wrote, “died” of laughter at the number of texts sent to Schleicher’s number.
Some messages simply ask if the tickets are still available, while other people remind ‘Sarah’ who they are in hopes of winning the race, which never happened.
Hosking and Schleicher aren’t the first footy figures to be tied up in some Swift drama.
Collingwood’s American star Mason Cox boasted he had secured tickets to one of the shows at the MCG, then warned people sitting too close to his 211cm frame.
“I want to sincerely apologize to whoever had tickets behind me to the Taylor Swift concert,” he wrote.
“I know you paid a lot, but I don’t care. T. Swift is more important.
“One in a 100,000 (chance) you’re behind me… may the odds be forever in your favor.”
Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell came forward empty-handed and asked for help to avoid upsetting his family.
“I think most of my week is about trying to get Taylor Swift tickets for my 12-year-old daughters,” Mitchell said when asked how he was preparing for his Hall of Fame induction night.
“Just take a little license here. If someone can stop my two daughters and my wife, I’ll do anything.”
Mitchell and the many, many people in Schleicher’s inbox have had precious few opportunities to find a ticket since missing the original launch.
Ticketek opened its official sales platform for unwanted tickets last month, two weeks after getting a limited release of $80 seats.
The resale site sets prices at a maximum of 10 percent above the original sale price of a bid to prevent scalping.
“Each exchanged ticket is reissued in the name of the new owner and guarantees fans entry to their event,” Ticketek said.
The original ticket barcode is canceled, and Ticketek reissues a barcode to the new ticketholder closer to the day of the concert.
“The original ticket will be voided to ensure that you are the sole holder of the ticket,” the website reads.