This week Rugby fans were left disappointed and disillusioned as their attempts to purchase tickets for the World Cup saw them forced to wait for up to seven hours as the official site struggled to cope with the demand.
The ballot system used so effectively before was ditched back in September as they decided to go by a first come first serve basis through third party website Ticketmaster.
Tickewtmaster gad previously provided the same service for the London 2012 Olympics as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but saw the he demand for seats too great to cope with.
Some 70,000 tickets were made available on Tuesday morning, with 50,000 allocated to fans and the remaining 20,000 handed to corporate sponsors and other partners.
But most fans were left frustrated as they were forced to wait for up to seven hours, and the majority took to their social media accounts to express their annoyance.
We are currently experiencing a very high level of demand for #RWC2015 tickets. If you are in the queue please bear with us. Many thanks.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) March 31, 2015
Waiting 7.5 hours for rugby World Cup tickets…. I will forever hate this icon.. pic.twitter.com/key7OPGj0L
— Peter Escreet (@DiscreteEscreet) March 31, 2015
— Stuart Fazakerley (@stuartfaz) March 31, 2015
If delay = demand, Rugby World Cup tickets still hot. Four hours and counting pic.twitter.com/83egnJfVut
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) March 31, 2015
Not getting Rugby World Cup tickets am I?! Hahaha
— Kerry Lenihan (@kerrylynn21) March 31, 2015
3 hours and counting.