Senior players in both football and netball will pay their own way into this year's finals.
It's a break with tradition as players have previously been handed passes, allowing them free access to the games they were about to feature in.
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"We (the O and M) put a recommendation to the board and the board approved a change to the way we're currently managing our finals ticketing," league general manager Sean Barrett said.
"From a management viewpoint, it's a far cleaner process for us to take out that extra cost of ticketing for the finals series."
The O and M canvassed how neighbouring leagues, such as the Goulburn Valley and Tallangatta and District, manage their finals allocation.
"Through that analysis we found that a lot of leagues aren't issuing any ticketing at all," Barrett said.
"We're looking at what is common practice and if it helps us reduce costs back to clubs, or to maintain our current charges for clubs, rather than increasing costs, this is a way we can secure that outlook.
"If we can institute this change and keep pricing consistent for clubs, we think that's a good thing for sustainability."
There will be no changes to under-age grades of football and netball or to host club ticketing allocation, so they won't pay.
And clubs will receive 15 passes prior to the game, allowing volunteers, such as a trainer, to enter for free.
There will be a sliding scale, so if a club had four netball teams, they would receive 20 free passes.
However, if a club hosts a final, it will be handed 50 free tickets prior to the game to allow for the numerous catering staff etc.
In the Hume League, everyone pays at the gate with the club later reimbursed.
Raiders' president Mark Johnston queried the move.
"It just seems to be a lot more paperwork than it would have been to hand out passes to the 15, if that's the way you want to go," he said.
When The Border Mailcontacted a handful of leading players, they were stunned.
"It's something I've never heard of personally happening, I suppose they've got their reasons for it, but the reality if 20 players at $10 each, it's only $200," Raiders' coach Jarrod Hodgkin said.
"My initial thought is I wouldn't have thought they (players) would have to pay to get in (pay) to play the game, you don't expect to rock up to play a grand final and have to pay," O and M co-coach Brad Murray said.
During the home and away season, players will often have club memberships, which allows them entry to home games. They pay for away matches.