Finally, the tickets for the FIFA World Cup 2014 have gone on sale and it’s safe to say that there will have been people applying for a ticket. FIFA are expecting the ticket sales to be something similar to the 2006 World Cup in Germany where there were roughly 7 different people applying for a ticket. It is estimated that around 3.3 million tickets will be made for the World Cup 2014 with every one of them being sold to football lovers around the world. Fans are able to apply for a World Cup 2014 ticket on the official FIFA website.
For the 2006 World Cup in Germany, more than 3.3 million people attended every match in the extremely successful World Cup, and that is what FIFA is aiming to do for the World Cup 2014. However, the previous World Cup in 2010 which was held in South Africa was not as popular as expected, seeing just over 2 million people travelling to the scorching country with not many fans applying for a ticket on the website. FIFA are hoping that the tickets sales will at least match that of Germany’s World Cup, despite Brazil having protest problems about the tournament.
FIFA have released the prices of the first round, the group stages, to be between £58 – £112 each ticket (dependant on where you sit) with the prices rising throughout the following rounds. However, the final is obviously going to be much more expensive, as the teams will be the best in the world and you will see an historic moment, therefore you will have to pay within the region of £281 – £632.
Thierry Weil, the FIFA marketing director, commented, “It’s always difficult to predict. But I truly believe that it (The World Cup 2014) will be more toward to what happened in Germany than in South Africa in 2010.” The public have until 10th October 2013 to apply for a ticket and they will be entered into a random draw if there are not enough tickets for all the applicants. Then, if there are still tickets that have not been sold, it is a first come first serve procedure on and beyond 5th November 2013.
As many football fans know, not including the qualifiers, every World Cup has 64 matches being played by 32 different countries who qualify. The World Cup 2014 is no different as the 32 countries will be split into 8 groups of 4 countries. Each country will play the other countries in their group once and the 2 teams with the highest points (3 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss) advance into the next round. The Last 16 is where the knock-out matches begin, whoever wins, advances. Similarly with the quarter and semi-finals, and then the winner of the final wins the tournament.
Nevertheless, the price of seeing the World Cup 2014 obviously will not be cheap, not only for the ticket, but also for the accommodation. Depending on where you stay and how classy the hotel is, the prices for one night may vary from around £146-£797. An Average dinner in Brazil is estimated to cost £29 for one person whilst Imported Beer can amount to £3.83 and £2.55 for a regular coffee. Without a doubt if you want to see some of the world’s best players represent your country in the world most watched sporting event, you will have to put your hand in your pocket.
Author Daniel Foster.
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