South Africans will be queueing and hogging the Internet when tickets for the 2010 Soccer World Cup go on sale in three weeks.

Soccer-mad locals starved for international matches on home soil are expected to flock to branches of First National Bank and to Fifa’s website.

An estimated three million tickets will be made available to everyone, but only locals will be allowed to buy the cheaper category four tickets – which constitute 15 percent of the total. The price for these ranges from $20 (R186) for a group stage match to $150 (R1 395) for the final.

Local Organising Committee media manager Jermaine Craig said they expected a dash for tickets when they went on sale.

Craig said World Cup tickets would be sold only on the official Fifa website (www.fifa.com) and at FNB.

Soccer enthusiasts will be limited to 12 tickets a match to prevent block bookings ending up in scalpers’ hands.

While tickets for the public will go on sale in three weeks, hospitality packages have been selling “way beyond expectation”.

Match Hospitality’s head of marketing, Peter Csanadi, said there had been a lot of interest from local and multinational companies.

“South Africans had the first option before sales were opened to the rest of the world,” Csanadi said.

The packages aimed at companies entertaining clients in private suites.

With the World Cup only 513 days away, Csanadi’s advice to South Africans was to enjoy it.

PUBLICATION: www.iol.co.za (Cape Argus)
AUTHOR: Jani Meyer
DATED: 11th January 2009