850,000 World Cup tickets to go on sale

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19 January 2005 , HAMBURG - Just over one quarter of the total tickets for the 2006 World Cup will go on sale during the first phase of ticketing, which starts on 1 February. The president of the German football association, Theo Zwanziger, said that fans would be allowed to bid for up to four tickets for seven different games. The local organising committee said they were expecting up to five million applications for the 850,000 tickets that are going on sale. "Even I have suggested to my friends that th

19 January 2005  

HAMBURG - Just over one quarter of the total tickets for the 2006 World Cup will go on sale during the first phase of ticketing, which starts on 1 February.

The president of the German football association, Theo Zwanziger, said that fans would be allowed to bid for up to four tickets for seven different games.

The local organising committee said they were expecting up to five million applications for the 850,000 tickets that are going on sale.

"Even I have suggested to my friends that they apply for tickets and hope that they are lucky, rather than hope that I can supply some," Zwanziger said.

"There will be substantially more applications for tickets than actual tickets," he said.

The tickets will be made available through a lottery system, with the winners of tickets in the first phase being informed later this year.

For each of the 64 games, an average of 13,300 tickets between EUR 35 and EUR 600  are going on sale in the first phase, with two later phases being planned after the end of qualifying games and after the draw for the finals.

The vice president of the local organising committee, Horst Schmidt, said that - some 500 days before the start of the tournament - they were happy with the organisation.

"We have 12 ideal stadiums." He promised that each of them would be fitted with a new playing surface before the start of the tournament. "We wish to have the same quality throughout."

There is, however, some doubt who will pay for telecommunication changes that the governing body, FIFA, had asked for.

Schmidt said that he was confident that a compromise could be reached. "We have found a basis with our partners and it should be a win-win situation."

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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