FIFA opens new round of World Cup ticket sales

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA will open a new round of ticket sales for the World Cup online on a first-come, first-serve basis on Wednesday.

About 345,000 tickets will be available for all matches except four — the opener, the two semifinals and the final.

Tickets will go on sale through FIFA's website. This round will remain open until April 1, but FIFA said "tickets are expected to sell out fast."

Of the 3.3 million tickets available for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950, more than 2.3 million have already been allocated, mostly to Brazilian fans. FIFA said about 1.5 million tickets went to the general public, with the rest accounting for hospitality programs, commercial affiliates and other groups.

The last-minute sales phase is expected to start on April 15, also on a first-come, first-serve basis. A random draw for high-demand matches took place in the previous rounds for the 64 matches.

The number of available tickets for Wednesday's round was higher than the 160,000 originally announced due to tickets returned by sponsors and the hospitality program, as well as unpaid tickets from the previous sales stage, FIFA said.

FIFA originally said tickets for two second-round matches and for two group matches in Manaus — England vs. Italy and United States vs. Portugal — also wouldn't be available beginning on Wednesday because of high demand previously. It didn't say exactly how many tickets will be available for those matches.