With just over a month to go until kick off in the world’s second biggest men’s football event, the organisers of the FIFA U-20 World Cup have ticked off another major milestone.
100,000 tickets have now been snapped up for the event that runs from 30 May to 20 June in seven cities the length and breadth of New Zealand.
“Our goal at this point in preparations was 100,000 tickets sold and to achieve that just confirms that we are on target to host a hugely successful event,” said Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Dave Beeche.
Twenty-four countries from the six FIFA confederations have been confirmed for the 20th edition of a tournament that began in 1977 in Tunisia. Argentina (six titles) and Brazil (five) are the two most successful nations at this level and both have qualified for the event, with Argentina playing their group matches in Wellington and Brazil based in New Plymouth.
Mr Beeche added: “This is a truly world-class event and one which won’t be repeated in New Zealand in most of our lifetimes. These are the players who will be lighting up TV screens around the world in a couple of years and Kiwis really shouldn’t miss the chance to see them.
“Football fans understand that the next global football superstars will be discovered here in New Zealand and have been buying up the best seats in the house since we went on sale last year, I would urge all other Kiwi sports fans to get in soon if they also want to get decent seats to watch this global spectacle.”
Already all corporate hospitality boxes have been sold out for the final at North Harbour Stadium on 20 June and with history showing that the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup New Zealand 1999 was sold out, organisers expect that U-20 Final tickets will be a hot item as well.
Fans wanting to get large groups together (up to 20) are being encouraged to purchase now through the 'Invite a Friend' promotion. Until 1 May anyone using ‘Invite a Friend’ in their ticket purchase, goes in the daily draw to win Official FIFA U-20 Merchandise.
Tickets can be purchased at www.FIFA.com/nz2015