That’s the ticket: 2014 World Cup generates more than 1 million requests
Fans eager to attend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil applied for more than 1 million tickets in seven hours.
The Associated Press
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SAO PAULO – It was a frenzied start to FIFA’s attempt to fill the stands for next year’s World Cup in Brazil as fans applied Tuesday for more than 1 million tickets in seven hours.
But it will be some time before they know whether they will be among those lucky enough to get seats to soccer’s signature event. Applicants won’t hear back until October, after FIFA holds a random-selection draw on all the requests.
More than 163,000 people requested the tickets online in the first seven hours.
At the end of the first day of sales, the website of governing body FIFA showed there were more ticket applications than number of seats available in all four price categories for 12 of the 64 matches, including the opener in Sao Paulo and the final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
Demand also was high in all price categories for the semifinals, and 44 matches had too many requests at least for the cheaper-category tickets that are only available to citizens of Brazil.
FIFA said countries with the most applications so far include Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Chile and England.
“There are vastly more ticket applicants seeking tickets than there are tickets presently available for the general public,” FIFA said of the high-demand categories
Prices for the final will go from $440 to $990, although Brazilian fans will pay $165 in the cheaper category. Brazilians over the age of 60, local students and members of some social programs will be allowed to pay about $82 for a ticket.
About 500,000 tickets were set aside for the category available solely to Brazilian citizens.
FIFA’s press office said in the first hour of sales there were 14,104 requests for a total of 81,821 tickets. Each applicant can request up to four tickets for a maximum of seven matches.
FIFA officials expect nearly 3.3 million tickets to be available for Cup matches, with about 1 million offered in the first stage of sales.
Sales of leftover tickets will begin Nov. 5 on a first-come, first-served basis.
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