The World Cup is the world's most widely viewed sporting event and the quadrennial event is quickly approaching once again – this time in Brazil.
Over one million tickets were applied for in just seven hours on Tuesday morning when tickets for the 2014 World Cup went on sale. 163,000 people requested tickets for the 64 World Cup matches on Tuesday alone.
Before tickets went on sale, FIFA said that it expected a demand similar to the one for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. In 2006, there were approximately seven applicants for every ticket. FIFA's predicition was pretty accurate considering there have already been more applications than there are seats for both the opener and final.
Fans have until October 10 to enter a random selection draw in the event that there are not enough tickets to fulfill all requests. Leftover tickets, if there are any, will go sale on November 5 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tournament itself begins on June 12, and it will be some time before fans know whether or not they were lucky enough to receive tickets to the quadrennial event.
Tickets will cost as low as $90 for first-round matches and will start at $440 for the final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The most expensive ticket for the final may surprise you – a whopping $990!
Many citizens of Brazil will receive stellar deals on tickets. These deals are eligible for Brazilian citizens over 60, local students and members of certain social programs. Tickets for these select groups will run as low as $15 a ticket.
Earlier this year, roughly 800,000 fans attended the Confederations Cup in Brazil. Ticket sales for the Confederations Cup far surpassed those for both the 2009 warm-up tournament in South Africa and in Germany in 2005.
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