With five months to go before the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 kick offs and the second of three sales phases still ongoing, more than 100,000 tickets have already been sold for the competition’s 52 matches.
Since tickets first went on sale on 1 December 2010, Bogota’s Estadio Nemesio Camacho, where the hosts will play their games and the final will be contested on 20 August, has been the most popular destination, accounting for more than half the tickets sold. The remainder have been spread across the other host cities of Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Pereira, Manizales, Armenia and Cartagena.
Some 42 per cent of the 100,000 tickets have been acquired via a nationwide network of outlets; 30 per cent have come from telephone purchases, another 14 per cent through online sales, with a further 14 per cent obtained through a system set up for group sales.
Currently, the second sales phase for groups of tickets is underway, with 10% discounts being offered until 27 April, when that phase ends. That date coincides with the Official Draw, which will take place at the Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala Convention Centre in Cartagena.
At midnight on 27 April, shortly after the make-up of the six groups and their 36 fixtures are revealed, the final phase of ticket sales will commence. This will be for the sale of individual tickets, which will not be offered at a discount.