A scramble for tickets has erupted among Fremantle Football Club fans craving to see their team's first grand final in its 19-year history.
Almost 5000 Dockers members found out yesterday they had been unlucky in the ballot for tickets allocated to the club, sparking a frenzy of searching, trading and, at times, begging.
With many having already booked accommodation and flights for Saturday's historic game, some Fremantle supporters promised to pay any asking price to get tickets for an MCG seat.
Fans who missed out on tickets made desperate pleas on social media, some citing their years of membership and devotion to the Dockers to try to get spare tickets.
Tickets were offered for sale online for as much as $1200 for a level four seat from one eBay seller.
Fans were also approaching other AFL clubs to try to buy tickets from their allocation.
More than 40 per cent of the club's members registered for tickets 12 days ago.
Demand outstripped the 14,000 tickets allocated to the Dockers, leaving many fans disappointed.
Supporters without grand final tickets will be allowed into the MCG after the match to watch the medal presentation and post-game entertainment.
Dockermania shifted up a gear yesterday as the State headed into grand final week.
Excited fans who were successful in the club ballot picked up their coveted tickets.
Peter Smith said on the club's Facebook page that he had never talked to so many strangers as when he made his way home after picking up his tickets.
"They see my hat and member badges. I showed them all my grand final ticket and their eyes light up like it's the Willy Wonka golden ticket," he posted. The Fremantle team store had its busiest day yesterday, according to the club.
The most popular items were the grand final T-shirt and the club's scarf.
Mick Grasso, 34, who stocked up with two shirts and gifts for his children, said he flew down from his work in Karratha for last Saturday's game and will go to Melbourne this week.
"I still don't think it's sunk in how well we're going," he said."I remember 2001 when I went to every home game and we lost every single game until the last one. There has been a lot of years of pain."