Tickets: beat the rush

2009-11-28 00:00

A RUSH for tickets is expected when the next phase of sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup opens next Saturday, the day after Friday’s final draw in Cape Town.

The last phase of ticket sales closed on November 20, after the deadline was extended from November 13. This was to accommodate the rise in interest following the final round of qualifiers for 2010 on November 14. The next phase lasts 49 days, until January 22.

“The next phase of ticket sales will see an increase in interest across the globe once fans know not only that their national team has qualified but also where their team will play as a result of the final draw,” World Cup organising committee CEO Danny Jordaan said.

So far 671 000 tickets have been sold, which is 83% of the portion allocated to the public.

Jordaan said there will be no questions of free tickets being given out to fill games between less fashion­able teams.

“Those don’t exist. If you start talking about free tickets, you’re implying that there will be some left, which I really doubt.”

The only tickets to be given away will be the 120 000 set aside for World Cup infrastructure construction workers and Fifa charities.

Jordaan did express some concern that Bafana Bafana are proving a disappointing attraction in the team specific sales.

Important points to remember about buying World Cup tickets:

• For the public, tickets are only available online at www.fifa.com or at FNB branches.

• These are applied for, and successful applicants are decided by lottery at a later date.

• Individual tickets are mainly available for group games at Soccer City in Johannesburg and Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

• Team-specific tickets, in batches of seven (up to the final) or three, are still available for all the nations except England and Brazil.

• Packages including accommodation and tickets are available from Fifa-appointed tour operators. These are listed at Fifa.com

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