Irwin memorial tickets predicted to sell out in minutes

There is a sting in the tail in this report from the Australian Broadcasting Commission:

‘Police expect tickets for Steve Irwin’s public memorial service to be allocated within minutes when they become available this morning at9am AEST.

Hundreds of people have been queuing throughout the night at Ticketek outlets in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and Australia Zoo in south-east Queensland.

There is a four-ticket per person limit on the tickets and a headcount by police has confirmed that all of the tickets at AustraliaZoo have now been accounted for.

Five-and-a-half-thousand tickets are being made available for thepublic farewell that will be held at the Zoo’s Crocoseum next Wednesday.

Jay-Anne Hughes was first in line at Maroochydore’s Ticketek office.

“I wanted to guarantee that we would we were able to go on Wednesdayand I was actually supposed to be having a baked dinner at my mum’shouse, but I saw it on the news that people had started lining up soI missed the baked dinner and shot down here and luckily I was herebefore anyone,” she said.