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Two-Thirds of World Cup Matches Sold Out

Thursday, April 03, 2014   (0 Comments)
Associated Press (03/12/14) Azzoni, Tales

More than 66 percent of World Cup matches sold out just hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales on March 12, with tickets for all Brazil matches, quarterfinals, and almost all second-round matchups gone within the first hour. About 15 matches involving less traditional teams still had tickets available on the FIFA website only eight hours after sales began. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at this stage, and the four most popular matches did not offer tickets. FIFA reports that 203,330 tickets were sold in the first five hours of sales, and the five countries with the most ticket requests were Brazil, the United States, Australia, Colombia, and Argentina. The FIFA website also indicates that all matches for Britain, Germany, and the United States sold out quickly. FIFA is expected to make more tickets available for all matches in the last-minute sales stage that starts on April 15. Some Brazilian fans complained they had to wait a long time to buy tickets on March 12, noting it took almost 60 minutes just to access the online sales platform. FIFA says high demand necessitated it placing fans in a virtual queue. More than 2.3 million of the 3.3 million tickets available for the event has been allocated before the latest round of sales, mainly to Brazilian fans.

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