English, Dutch fans to get extra World Cup tickets
1 February 2006, FRANKFURT — Thousands of additional World Cup tickets are to be made available to English and Dutch fans, tournament organisers said Wednesday.
1 February 2006
FRANKFURT — Thousands of additional World Cup tickets are to be made available to English and Dutch fans, tournament organisers said Wednesday.
Organising committee vice-president Horst R. Schmidt said about 130,000 additional tickets would be released to national federations whose teams are participating at the tournament this summer.
However, it is likely that the English and Dutch federations, whose fans are expected in Germany in large numbers, will receive a larger share of the allocation than other federations.
"It is clear that the extra tickets will not be divided equally between the federations," Schmidt told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
"We cannot put an exact figure on the number of tickets going to each federation at this stage but we expect a final decision in the coming week," he added.
Schmidt said the organising committee had been trying to increase the allocation of 8 per cent of the overall ticket sales going to the national federations.
Some of the additional seats had become available after re-evaluating the number of stadium seats required for security purposes.
"It is not enough for Holland or England but it is a sign of goodwill," Schmidt told a German Football Federation (DFB) workshop in Frankfurt.
The World Cup organisers now have some 592,000 tickets available for the national federations, up from the original 468,000.
England's Football Association had asked for more seats than the 9,000 originally promised by the organising committee.
For England's opening group match against Paraguay, the English FA was hoping to receive extra tickets returned from the Paraguay federation plus some "restricted view" seats that were not originally going to be sold.
The organising committee revealed other revised ticket figures on Wednesday as well.
The overall tickets are now 3,070,000 instead of 2,930,000 as more detailed seating plans are available, a reserve contingent has gone on sale along with tickets for view-obstructed seats (for a 40 percent discount).
The OC said that by January 31 2.6 million tickets have been sold, 1.874 million of them through public sale on the official website www.fifaworldcup.com, the national federation contingents and the hospitality programme.
German organisers aim to sell out all 64 matches at the June 9- July 9 tournament.
The third public sale stage via the internet was concluded on Tuesday with a draw of 300,000 tickets for 6 million tickets applied for. Two further sale stages follow in the final World Cup countdown.
Subject: German news