11 November 2009
Tickets to the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are in big demand, with 650 527 tickets having being sold so far, says the 2010 Organising Committee (OC).
OC chief executive Danny Jordaan said that of these tickets, 345 894 had been bought by South Africans and 304 633 by overseas fans. He said the United States had so far bought the most tickets with 82 603, followed by the United Kingdom with 48 926 and Germany with 23 924.
The figures included bookings made as of 28 September.
Speaking to a parliamentary committee in Cape Town this week, Jordaan said that ticket sales to Southern African Development Community (SADC) and other African countries were disappointing. “We are very disappointed by our neighbouring countries, because it’s not what we anticipated,” he said.
However, Jordaan expected that there would be an increase in demand for tickets after the Final Draw of the teams, which will be held in Cape Town in December.
As the excitement surrounding the World Cup gains momentum, tickets have been in high demand worldwide which have led to illegal ticket sales, he said, adding that Fifa was working closely with international authorities to crack down on illegal tickets.
“While genuine tickets were sold online exclusively via the official website Fifa.com, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of the great appeal of this event by trying to use the internet to sell tickets they do not possess,” Fifa said in a statement.