Get tickets now or lose out – Fifa

2010-04-11 11:29

WITH 60 days to go, South African soccer fans have been given an ­ultimatum: get tickets now or lose out on the World Cup experience.

The last phase of the 2010 World Cup ticket sales starts on Thursday and fans wishing to attend matches will have their last chance to purchase tickets over the counter.

The last phase will coincide with the opening of the World Cup ticketing centres in all nine host cities.

Tickets can also be bought at ­Shoprite/Checkers sales points from next Monday.

There are only 500 000 tickets available in this last phase for all the matches, excluding the final, and LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan is expecting a mad rush.

Already about 2.2 million tickets have been sold with a total of 240 000 tickets sold in the fourth phase, 85% of which went to South African residents.

South Africa leads the pack with 925 437 in ticket sales, followed by the US at 118 945, while the UK and Germany were sitting on 67 654 and 32 269 respectively.

Jordaan disclosed that of the half-a-million tickets available now, ­only 120 000 are category four tickets, reserved exclusively for South Africans.

“It’s now or never and those who won’t take this advantage will have to wait for 2014. This is what the South Africans have been waiting for – to buy tickets over the counter – and we are giving them exactly what they want.

“Our message to them is to go out there and buy now – don’t wait until it’s only six days to go,” said ­Jordaan.

Unlike in the previous selling phases, supporters will now have a chance to buy up to 10 tickets a match.

Jordaan urged South Africans to grab this opportunity and show they were good hosts.

“If we are good hosts, as we claim to be, we must show by being there at stadiums. We are going to work closely with host cities to market those games which have not attracted many supporters and we are confident that we will have full stadiums during matches.”

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said his organisation was committed to giving fans this last chance to experience the World Cup excitement.

Valcke also urged their commercial partners to return their allocated tickets if they were not ­going to use them.

He said they were happy with the ticket sales so far with matches in Cape Town and other games involving Brazil, England, Portugal and the US sold out.

Valcke said they were also looking at extending the category four tickets to the neighbouring countries to speed up sales.

All the ticketing centres in all host cities will be open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm.

This phase will go on until July 12 as some reserved tickets become available and it is the last chance for South Africans to be counted.

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