Justin Hodges of the Brisbane Broncos (centre) in action during their Qualifying Final game against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Justin Hodges of the Brisbane Broncos (centre) in action during their Qualifying Final game against the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY DAN PELED

Delay in NRL trial tickets

BUNDABERG rugby league says a range of issues have delayed the selling of tickets for the upcoming trial match between the North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos at Salter Oval on February 6.

On Wednesday night, in a release on social media, the association confirmed tickets to the public will go on sale on November 23 at 9am.

Originally reported to be available on Monday - November 9 - the association have had to delay the sale at the last minute.

Media manager for the association, Eve Sharpe, says the new date was down to organising and making sure everything ran smoothly when they did become available to the public.

"There is so much planning that goes on, in preparing the match, and the date just became unrealistic for us," she said.

"This included ticket sales, seating estimates, cost, sourcing of an outlet, and web design for the online site."

An estimated 7,500 tickets will be available on November 23, with the association hopeful of increasing that to 8,000 once the site plan has been finalised.

So far they estimate around 1,500 will be available for grass seating, 2,250 for standing areas, and around 3,000 for a mobile granstand to be installed at the oval.

There will also be 607 seats available in the permanent grandstand at $90 per person.

Tickets to the other areas will be available for $40.

For people wanting to buy tickets, they can either do it in one of three ways.

Either head to bundabergregion.info to purchase online, or head into the visitor information centre at Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin to purchase at the store.

Fans can also ring the respective information centres to purchase tickets as well on the day.

The association says they chose the information centre to bring the event back to the community.

"The choice came down to costing and the fact that it is a not for profit organisation," Sharpe said.

"While other companies were extremely competitive, we made our decision based on an organisation that does so much for the local community, especially in tourism."

The selling of tickets at the visitor information centre also rules out the chance for them to be sold at Salter Oval.

The association confirmed no tickets would be sold at the gate, or at the venue, when they go on sale on November 23.

They also added you need to be prepared to grab a ticket on the Monday they are released as they will go quickly and it will be first in first serve

"Unfortunately we need to make sure our tickets are set at a certain level," Sharpe said.

"We have to take into consideration health and safety, as well as comfortability for fans, to avoid overcrowding at the oval."

The association also revealed the teams, for the matches before the trial between the two NRL Grand Finalists, will be announced in the next few weeks.



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