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SBD Global/August 21, 2013/International Football

FIFA Gets 1M Requests In Seven Hours After '14 World Cup Tickets Go On Sale

Tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro went on sale on Tuesday, with fans "able to apply" on FIFA's website, according to the BBC. FIFA "is expecting a similar demand" to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when there "were about seven applicants for every ticket of the 64-match tournament." Around 3.3 million tickets "will be available for the tournament." Tickets will range in price from £58 ($90) for first-round matches to £632 ($990) for the final at Maracanã Stadium. All applications made before Oct. 10 "will enter a random selection draw if there are not enough tickets available to fulfil all requests." The sales of the leftover tickets will begin on Nov. 5 "on a first-come, first-served basis" (BBC, 8/20). FIFA announced that more than 1 million tickets were requested by more than 163,000 applicants through the first seven hours of sales on Tuesday. The opening match at the Arena de São Paulo and the final at the Maracanã are the most popular tickets so far (FIFA). XINHUA reported fans wishing to attend the World Cup "have the option of receiving tickets at home." The change to the ticket pick-up process "comes after fans faced long queues during this year's Confederations Cup" (XINHUA, 8/20).
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