Fifa unveils tickets for 2010 World Cup

2010-04-09 13:54

THE final design for the 2010 World Cup tickets was unveiled today by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and South Africa organising

committee CEO Danny Jordaan at Maponya Mall in Soweto.

The unveiling ceremony of the golden-coloured tickets with the

World Cup logo on it (an African map and a player doing an overhead kick) was

used by organisers to promote the next ticket sale stage.

Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis

to the general public from April 15, when the fifth and final sales phase

begins.

“For this last phase, we have made a big effort to assist football

fans by introducing various additional means to purchase a ticket,” explained

Valcke.

“We are committed to facilitating the process for all fans, giving

them this last chance to attend the matches and experience the excitement of

this first World Cup in Africa.”

Prices range from $20 (about R145) to $160 for group matches and

$70 to $450 for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11 at

Soccer City in Johannesburg,

In all, 500 000 tickets for all matches – except the sold out final

on July 11 – will be made available.

Tickets can be purchased in South Africa during the final sales

phase through 11 ticketing centres across the 9 host cities, in 600 FNB brank

branches nationwide, at certain sales points, via the Fifa website or by calling

a special hotline.

“We are excited about these new initiatives, which make the process

much easier for everyone.

We have always said that it is important that we make

this World Cup more accessible to the people and with the over-the-counter

sales, we believe this measure is consistent with the needs of the fans,” said

Jordaan.

Fans applying at the ticketing centres will be required to display

ID and pay by credit card or cash.

A total of 240 000 World Cup tickets were sold in the fourth phase,

85% of which went to South African residents. Overall, 2.2 million of about 3

million tickets have been sold for the tournament.


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