Fifa 2010 ticket rush kicks off

2009-02-24 00:00

South Africans and international soccer fans are not wasting time in applying for their 2010 Fifa World Cup tickets.

More than 300 000 online ticket applications were received within just 48 hours of the opening of tickets sales.

This was announced by the chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup organising committee South Africa, Danny Jordaan, at a briefing at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Visitors’ Centre yesterday.

The first sales phase for tickets kicked off in February and will continue to March 31, when South African and international fans will get the opportunity to apply for tickets.

Jordaan said the process will allow all fans access to the tickets for matches.

While he could not give exact figures of how many South African applications had been received, he said he is happy with the progress, so far, of ticket sales.

Canada and Australia are the two countries where the highest number of online ticket applications were registered.

“The start of the ticket sales kicks off the chance for fans from all over the world to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a World Cup match,” he said.

He said that the applications process is part of security plans to ensure that tickets are not resold on the black market.

“The resale of tickets is a major problem because the demand is always greater than the supply.

“The applications record the buyer’s personal details which help in the safety regard,” Jordaan said.

Online applications are available at www.fifa.com until March 31, 2009.

World cup: ticket prices

Tickets for the 2010 World Cup are on sale now, however, they are only available on Fifa’s official website www.Fifa.com and First National Bank branches.

The first sales phase has already kicked off and will continue until March 31.

The cheapest ticket is R140 while the most expensive ticket — which are for the finals — are priced at R6 300.

Nearly 800 000 tickets are available to fans in the first sales phase.

Category 4 tickets are reserved for South African residents.

Applications for Category 4 tickets by people living outside of South Africa will not be accepted.

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