Most 2010 ticket foreign tickets sales to US

2010-03-09 14:23

Americans appear set to be by far the most numerous group of

foreign fans coming to South Africa for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Parliament’s

sports and recreation portfolio committee heard today.

This is according to the number of tickets sold up to the end of

football governing body Fifa’s third sales phase, which ended on January

22.

Briefing MPs, Local Organising Committee CFO Farouk Seedat said 107

576 tickets for the event had been sold to the general public in the United

States.

The second-highest number of sales was in the United Kingdom (63

835) followed by Germany (29 733) and Australia (26 488).

By comparison, public ticket sales in South Africa’s “top two”

neighbouring countries, Mozambique and Botswana, were 1 474 and 1 257

respectively.

To date, a total of 2.1 million tickets had been sold for the

event.

Seedat said 311 271 tickets were still available for sale to the

general public.

In the current sales phase four – which opened on February 9 and

runs to April 7 – a total of 194 349 ticket sales had been “confirmed” to

date.

“The domestic demand has far outstripped the demand from overseas.

A total of 164 193 of the 194 349 have been bought by South Africans,” he

said.

From April 15 – the start of Fifa’s sales phase five – tickets will

be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications processed in the

order in which they are received.

Match Event Services executive chairman Jaime Byrom told MPs that

many match tickets, originally allocated to commercial affiliates, hospitality

and TV rights holders, licensees and others, would soon become available to the

general public.

Ticket seekers who entered Fifa’s random selection draw process,

which takes place on April 15, therefore stood a chance to obtain tickets to

matches where currently tickets might not be available.

This was the result of tickets being “redistributed” back from

these organisations for sale to the general public.

“One day you can have a match that is not available for sale, and

then all of a sudden certain matches become available for sale.”

Fifa had not yet come to the end of this redistribution process, he

said.

The so-called “random selection draw sales phase” closes on March

31.


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