FIFA Sell Three Million Tickets Ahead of World Cup Kick-Off
By Community | June 6, 2014
FIFA have revealed that nearly three million tickets have been sold for the World Cup in Brazil.
Figures on the upcoming event have been discussed in a meeting by the Local Organising Committee for the World Cup, cialis chaired by Eugenio Figueredo. Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo was also present.
The huge global excitement is reflected by the unprecedented number of ticket requests, buy with more than 11 million received to date for about 3.1 million available tickets. To date, ampoule a total of 2,961,911 tickets have been sold, including more than 2.2 million directly via FIFA.com to the general public.
“For every fan, it is a dream to be able to experience live a FIFA World Cup in the country of the only five-time world champions – never before have we sold so many tickets directly to the general public, and this was important to us. The opening match and the final were even oversubscribed ten times. The long queues of people who turned up at the ticketing centres early yesterday morning to buy World Cup tickets shows the high level of interest that Brazilians and international fans have in the 2014 FIFA World Cup,” says FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.
Overall, 60% of the tickets were bought by Brazilians and 40% by fans from the rest of the world. After hosts Brazil (1,363,179), the USA leads the international pack with 196,838 tickets, followed by Argentina (61,021), Germany (58,778), England (57,917), Colombia (54,477), Australia (52,289), Chile (38,638), France (34,865) and Mexico (33,694).There are a few tickets left for just 27 of the 64 matches: the opening match, semi-finals and final are sold out.
FIFA is bearing the entire operational costs for staging the 2014 FIFA World Cup amounting about USD two billion, with half of this figure (USD one billion) being directly invested in the Brazilian economy through the hiring of local services. This latter figure covers the entire Local Organising Committee budget, team travel and lodging, TV production costs, ticketing operations, accommodation, the IT solution and the overall competitions management, i.e. the entire organisation of the matches, plus refereeing and the marketing operations.
Brazil 2014 kicks off on Thursday the 12th of June, but despite the date closing in, the tournament has been marred by delays, as well as the protests.
During the last-minute rush to complete the 12 venues for the World Cup on time, eight workers have also lost their lives, with a rate of one a month since November.