35,000 sold in hours: A-League grand final tickets fly out the door

The record attendance for an Australian football grand final could be broken on Sunday with a massive demand for tickets for the first decider held in Perth in the A-League era set see a full house at Optus Stadium.

Just one hour after going on sale to the general public, more than half the available seats at Optus Stadium had been taken-up for Perth Glory's clash against Sydney FC at the new 60,000 capacity arena.

As of 6pm AEST on Tuesday, more than 35,000 tickets had been purchased for Sunday's grand final. At the current rate of sale, the "house full" sign could be on display well before kick-off on Sunday evening for a match that could break the previous attendance record of 55,436 for an Australian football grand final. That was set in 2007 when Melbourne Victory beat Adelaide United in Docklands.

Members of Sydney FC and Perth Glory were given first preference to tickets for the decider which went on sale for season ticket holders at 11am AEST on Monday. It's understood around 20,000 were bought by club members before they were made available to the general public on Tuesday afternoon.

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The high demand for tickets follows a 16-year wait for Perth to host an Australian football grand final with the Glory last staging the decider on home turf in the old National Soccer League, when they defeated Sydney Olympic in 2003.

It is only the second time Perth have reached the grand final in the A-League era, qualifying in 2012 when they lost 2-1 away to Brisbane Roar. A Football Federation Australia spokesman informed the Herald the majority of tickets have been purchased by Western Australians, though there is still a considerable number of travelling Sydney FC supporters making their way to Perth on Sunday.

The A-League grand final date has coincided with a large spike in return airfares from Sydney to Perth which are already close to twice the average price. The cheapest return flights from Sydney to Perth to watch the grand final are $680 which is 80 per-cent more than the average cost of $378.

Sydney FC supporters attempted to charter flights to Perth for the game but that option was deemed too expensive.