Need a World Cup ticket? FIFA is about to dump 180,000 of them on the market.


(2006 Reuters photo)

If you’re still on the fence about going to the World Cup — maybe you’re worried about the stadium issues, or the fact that it will be nearly impossible to move about the country, or that there won’t be any place to stay — here’s one reason to go: FIFA is about to unload a whole mess of tickets on the market.

“As of 00.01 Brazilian time on Wednesday, 4 June 2014, about 180,000 tickets will be up for sale on www.FIFA.com/tickets, in addition to those tickets that are currently available. There will be tickets for all 64 matches,” FIFA wrote on its Web site (12:01 a.m. in Brasilia is 11:01 p.m. EDT).

FIFA says it has this surplus of tickets “due to the release of buffers in some stadiums following their delivery,” whatever that means. It also announced “that there has been very little demand for the seats dedicated to people with reduced mobility. Therefore, FIFA will make the majority of this inventory available to all fans but keep an allocation of these seats reserved.”

But it also might be good to check secondary-market sites such as Viagogo before you hand over your hard-earned cash to FIFA. Yes, the matches involving Brazil and the other big-name teams are expensive, but as of Tuesday morning you could score a ticket for Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran on June 25 for $15, Greece vs. Ivory Coast on June 24 for $23.12 or even the United States vs. Portugal on June 22 for $92.85. Most of the cheaper games will be played in northern Brazil, which is harder to get to.

Face value for opening-round tickets, except for the opener, is between $90 and $175.

With the World Cup less than two weeks away, Sao Paulo stadium held a final test game Sunday. Decor, Internet connections and VIP areas still need work before the matches begin. (Reuters)
After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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