Gone in 59 seconds! First Canes-Highlanders tickets sell out in record time

The first allocation of tickets for the this weekend's all-New Zealand Super Rugby final has sold out in less than 60 seconds.

John Key speaks at press conference. Source: 1 NEWS

The Hurricanes will battle the Highlanders on Saturday night in Wellington, with one team being crowned champions for the first time in the club's history.

Fans were quick to snap up a chance to witness history when tickets went on sale at 4pm today, they sold out in just 59 seconds.

Hurricanes chief executive James Te Puni said watching the seats snapped up so quickly has added to the excitement of a home final.

He added fans would still have the chance to get to the game with more tickets becoming available on Wednesday morning,

"This is going to be the biggest rugby occasion the Hurricanes, Westpac Stadium, Wellington City, and our fans have seen in the club's 20-year history," he said.

"The whole region is experiencing the buzz of finals footy fever, culminating in the historic match this weekend as the two best performing teams in the competition and the fans come together at the home of the Hurricanes."

The Hurricanes are also working on building temporary seating for the occasion, Mr Puni said.

"Seeing a full stadium get in behind our team last Saturday was an extraordinary occasion. You only had to look at our guys' faces as they ran out onto the field to see what it did for them, and I'm sure it lifted the team's performance to feel and hear that passionate support."

Tickets to the final have also already started to appear on Trade Me as scalpers attempt to capitalise on the in-demand match.

Just 20 minutes after tickets went on sale they already being offered for re-sale online at $300 per ticket.

Out on the streets, hundreds of people lined up in Wellington desperate to get their hands on a ticket.

Air New Zealand has also scheduled one of its international jets for Dunedin fans, as part of a one-off special service.

Flights that went on sale this morning with additional seats between Dunedin and Wellington sold out in less than an hour. Air New Zealand will now operate a Boeing 767 service from Dunedin to the capital on Saturday morning providing an extra 230 seats to the game.

Air New Zealand will also operate two additional A320 services from Wellington to Dunedin, one on Sunday night, subject to air traffic control, and one on Monday morning to help fans get home again.

All seats on all three services will be sold at a flat rate of $219 per seat.

The line ahead of me waiting for Hurricanes vs Highlanders tickets. Dammit. pic.twitter.com/dwp3C5fP7z

— Heather dPA (@HDPA) June 29, 2015

The Prime Minister chose to not upset one fan base but hopes the all NZ final bodes well for the Rugby World Cup. Source: 1 NEWS


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