19 April 2010
More than 130 000 tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ have been sold in less than two days as soccer fans rushed to the counters during the fifth and last ticketing phase, which kicked off on Thursday at the 11 ticketing centres and 600 FNB branches countrywide.
“75 000 of those were sold at FNB branches, 25 000 at the ticketing centres and about 30 000 via FIFA.com and call Centre,” Fifa said on Saturday.
According to Fifa, things appeared to have moved smoother on Friday than they did on Thursday, with the ticketing system’s improved speed helping fast track transactions.
Due to high demand of over- the-counter sales, at both ticketing centres and FNB branches when they went on sale across the country on Thursday – chaos erupted at some centres. There were scenes of excitement, anger, frustration and outright chaos at many ticketing centres when problems emerged with the online system.
Fifa has announced that tickets for the opening and closing matches were sold out.
Buying a ticket
The process to obtain a ticket is simple – fans can just walk into a ticketing centre with cash, credit or debit cards and buy tickets over- the-counter or from vending machines.
The vending machines, which take only credit and ticket purchase cards, give customers step-by-step instructions on how to buy tickets, which will then be printed out.
The second method of purchasing tickets can be done at the 600 FNB branches nationwide which are open five days a week from 9am on 15 April. The process is new and fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately; the actual tickets need to be collected at the Fifa ticketing centres or Shoprite/Checkers sales points.
- Check the for the nearest ticketing centres and participating Shoprite/Checkers sales points here.
Tickets can also be purchased through the official Fifa website, as well as through the call centre hotline on 083 123 2010 for South African residents or 0041 445832010 for international residents.
Fans will need to bring an ID, a credit card or cash when applying at the ticketing centres.