A small but excited crowd of West Coast fans queued from the early hours yesterday for tickets to Sunday's clash with North Melbourne.
Noteholders' tickets went on sale at 8am and members' at 9am, but most avoided the early start and wet weather by buying seats online.
By 5pm last night, 23,000 tickets had sold for the elimination final at Patersons Stadium and 18,000 for Fremantle's game against Geelong at the MCG on Saturday night.
With both WA teams in the finals for the first time in six years, the State was in the grip of finals fever.
But there was also relief in the queue that the Eagles did not have to face a derby final this weekend.
"We are very happy we're not playing Fremantle - it would have been harder to get tickets and a hard game," Kaye Broderick, who queued with husband John, said.
The Brodericks arrived at 4am. But not everyone was impressed. Some Eagles noteholders, who pay more than $850 a year, were upset their seats were in the third tier.
Tickets to both games go on sale to the public at midday today.All finals will be live on Channel 7 this weekend, starting with Friday night's qualifier between Hawthorn and Collingwood at 5.30pm.
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