140,000 ticket orders for Germany 2011
Four weeks into the first sales phase for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 city series tickets, the Organising Committee (OC) has received more than 140,000 ticket orders. By Thursday 26 November, fans had submitted over 35,000 requests for the highly-prized venue specific tickets. “We’re delighted that the Women’s World Cup 2011 has generated such enormous interest in such a short space of time. This demonstrates that the first Women’s World Cup in Germany is already an immensely appealing prospect to the general public. We’re confident of full stadiums and a unique World Cup atmosphere,” commented OC President Steffi Jones, speaking ahead of the OC Countdown event at the Rudolf Harbig Stadium in Dresden on Thursday.
Because some venue specific tickets, Frankfurt including final and Category 4 in all venues, are already overbooked, the OC will conduct an allocation draw at DFB headquarters on 7 December. The winners will receive a booking confirmation by 9 December. The city series tickets which remain available after the draw will be offered on a first come, first served basis (order in which applications are received) from 11 December 2009 until 31 January 2010. As well as the official online ticketing portal by visiting the tournament section on FIFA.com, tickets can also be purchased via the hotline on 01805 / 06 2011 (€0.14 Cents per Minute from the German fixed-line network, mobile phones costs may differ).
Specific seat allocation will take place at a later date, and tickets themselves will be despatched four to six weeks ahead of the tournament. The city series tickets guarantee admission to all four matches at the venue in question. Two different city series are on offer for Frankfurt, a four-match series including the final, and a three-match variant without the final. There is no city series for Berlin, as the only game being staged there is the opening match.
“Naturally, our primary concern is equality of opportunity for all applicants. There remains a realistic chance of securing city series tickets at all the stadiums by the end of the first ticketing phase,” commented DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach.
The OC is equally delighted by the initial response to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 volunteer programme. Some 4,000 applications from 70 nations have already been submitted via the official internet platform on FIFA.com
Applicants range from Mexican sports students, drivers based in London, volunteer veterans from the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, through to ‘serial volunteers’ boasting years of specific experience at major sports events. The early applications represent "a cross section of the population from every continent," enthused Steffi Jones.