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The initial response has been mildly disappointing to the sale of Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets, with only 15 of the 48 matches fully subscribed. It is estimated that 11 games will have tickets still available after yesterday’s (September 29) deadline for purchase.
Surprisingly, even the opening match between England and Fiji at Twickenham has existing tickets. The unsold are mostly in the higher priced categories.
The RWC realizes that 18 of the 48 matches constitute “low demand”; these are contests among low-ranking teams playing against each other. How many locals will pay to see Georgia vs Namibia, Japan vs, USA, or Fiji against Russia or Uruguay?
The most worrisome aspect are the six games scheduled in Wales at Millennium Stadium (two Wales home games), which remain significantly undersold. And a quarter-final match in Cardiff also did not generate the expected enthusiastic sell out. Some Welsh fans have started to complain about ticket prices being too high.
The pricing facts are that one-million tickets are offered for less than €100 ($165.00) or less, and 500,000 at €50 or less. Children’s tickets are €15.
More optimistic news was heard from Twickenham, which announced unsold tickets for three of the ten games to be played there. Yet, these unsold are also in the higher range, some as high as €315 ($520.)
NB: There are plenty of tickets still available to the Eagles’ matches, and, if you have not yet purchased yours, ONLY do so on the official Rugby World Cup web site. Be wary of scam artists with counterfeit tickets.