Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, which will play against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final, "has received 502,567 ticket requests for the game" at Wembley Stadium on May 25, according to the EXPRESS. However, the majority of fans "will come away empty handed as the club received only a little more than 24,000 tickets to the game." Club members, fan clubs and season-ticket holders "will receive preferential treatment at the upcoming ticket lottery" (EXPRESS, 5/6). REUTERS' Brian Homewood reported prices start at £60 ($93) per ticket and go up to £330 ($513) for the top category, "a shock for German fans used to much lower prices for Bundesliga matches" (REUTERS, 5/6).
Events and Attractions
South Africa's 2014 World Cup qualifier against Central African Republic "has been moved to a neutral venue in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde" on June 9, according to the BBC. The South African FA had asked FIFA and the Confederation of African Football for the move "due to the ongoing political unrest in CAR." Two months ago 14 South African soldiers "died after skirmishes with rebels in the country's capital Bangui." Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said, "I must commend SAFA, FIFA and CAF for making this happen because we lost our loved ones there not so long ago and the environment is still too tense to have a match in that country. It would definitely not have been the right atmosphere to play there" (BBC, 5/6).
The Li-Ning Singapore Open "may be played in April instead of its traditional June dates from next year." The marquee badminton event "will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from June 18-23 this year, but the competition is scheduled for April 8-13 next year on the Badminton World Federation's calendar" (STRAITS TIMES, 5/6). ... Sipho "Tsunami" Taliwe from Aliwal North in Eastern Cape, South Africa "will travel to Australia next week" where he will bid for the fourth defense of his WBC Int'l junior lightweight title "against that country's rising star, Matt Garlett, at the Melbourne Pavilion, on May 16" (SOWETAN LIVE, 5/2).