World Cup Brazil 2014Wednesday, March 12, 2014
FIFA opens new round of ticket sales
Tickets for 60 out of the 64 matches will be up for sale to the general public in the second window of the second sales phase, which starts today. No tickets are available for the opening match and the final, in addition to the two semifinals.
SAO PAULO — FIFA will open a new round of ticket sales for the World Cup online on a first-come, first-serve basis today.
About 345,000 tickets will be available for all matches except four — the opener, the two semifinals and the final.
Tickets will go on sale through FIFA’s website beginning at 1100 GMT. This round will remain open until April 1, but FIFA said “tickets are expected to sell out fast.”
Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million have already been allocated, mostly to Brazilian fans. FIFA said about 1.5 million tickets went to the general public, with the rest accounting for hospitality programs, commercial affiliates and other groups.
The last-minute sales phase is expected to start on April 15, also on a first-come, first-serve basis. A random draw for high-demand matches took place in the previous rounds for the 64 matches.
The number of available tickets for today’s round was higher than the 160,000 originally announced due to tickets returned by sponsors and the hospitality programme, as well as unpaid tickets from the previous sales stage, FIFA said.
FIFA originally said tickets for two second-round matches and for two group matches in Manaus — England vs. Italy and United States vs. Portugal — also wouldn’t be available beginning today because of high demand previously. It didn’t say exactly how many tickets will now be available for those matches.
The matches with the highest demand so far were the opener between Brazil and Croatia on June 12 in Sao Paulo and the final at Maracana Stadium on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro. The semifinals will be in Sao Paulo and in Belo Horizonte.
FIFA said fans from 212 countries and territories have already secured tickets. Brazilians got 57 percent of them, totaling 906,433. Fans of rhe US grabbed 125,465, followed by Colombians (60,231) and Germans (55,666).
FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said recently the 2014 tournament was “the most successful World Cup” in terms of requests, with more than 10 million people trying to get a hold of tickets.
“Starting on Wednesday (today), Brazilian and international fans once again have the chance to guarantee their seats in the event, which will certainly be one of the most amazing moments in sporting history. Fans from 212 countries and territories have already secured their tickets,” said Weil. “I’m sure they’ll enjoy the unique atmosphere in the country of football!”
All spectators, including children of all ages, require a ticket to access the stadium.
Elsewhere, Brazil’s defence minister says it is prepared to fend off cyber-attacks during the World Cup.
Celso Amorim said yesterday the country’s defence strategy against cyber threats has already been put to test during recent major events, including last year during the pope’s visit and the Confederations Cup.
Amorim said officials were able to avoid major disruptions.
The minister said we “obviously have to be on alert, but we are prepared against any attack that my happen during the World Cup.”
Some hacker groups have already made threats of attacks during football’s showcase event that begins in June, including the group called Anonymous.
AP, FIFA website