Demand to exceed supply for World Cup tickets

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17 January 2005, FRANKFURT - With just two weeks to go until the 3.2 million tickets for the 64 matches at the 2006 World Cup in Germany officially go on sale on 1 February organising committee president, Franz Beckenbauer, said on Monday he believes demand will exceed supply. "If I reflect on the number of times I've been personally asked for tickets, we must assume demand will massively exceed the supply we have available," Beckenbauer said. How the 3.2 million tickets, which for the first time in World

17 January 2005

FRANKFURT - With just two weeks to go until the 3.2 million tickets for the 64 matches at the 2006 World Cup in Germany officially go on sale on 1 February organising committee president, Franz Beckenbauer, said on Monday he believes demand will exceed supply.

"If I reflect on the number of times I've been personally asked for tickets, we must assume demand will massively exceed the supply we have available," Beckenbauer said.

How the 3.2 million tickets, which for the first time in World Cup history will be all covered seating, will be allocated, will be revealed at a FIFA news conference on 25 January.

Not all of the 3.2 million tickets are for the general public as this figure includes the quotas for VIP guests and in particular for the world's media.

The first phase of official sales begins 1 February on FIFA's website (www.FIFAworldcup.com.). Applications will not be processed chronologically, but rather via a lottery.

The World Cup organising committee has also issued a warning regarding blackmarket tickets.

"Our goal is to protect fans from being misled by dubious offers," said organising committee senior vice-president Horst R. Schmidt.

"All we can do is urgently warn fans off freeloaders, the majority operating on the internet. Anyone who falls for these offers runs the risk of losing a lot of money and failing to gain admission to the stadiums," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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