One day before the World Cup, FIFA still has unsold tickets for 15 matches

Hundreds of people outside Independencia Stadium line up for free tickets to watch a practice session by Argentina’s soccer team in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Tuesday. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

Never mind all previous frenzy that estimated World Cup tickets were selling for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. As it sits now, just a day before the tournament is set to kick off in Brazil, tickets still remain for more than 15 World Cup matches. The Globe and Mail writes:

“There were plenty of tickets for matches between less prominent nations, including Bosnia-Iran and Greece-Ivory Coast, but it was also still possible to attend games with some of the more traditional teams. Fans could still get tickets on FIFA’s website for matches such as Germany-Ghana, Switzerland-France and Italy-Uruguay.”

Of course, if you want to see some of the more high-profile matches, such as those featuring Brazil, spectators without tickets right now are either out of luck or will have to dole out those exorbitant prices mentioned above.

Another tough selling point for certain matches is stadium location. Many games set in the northeastern cities of Salvador, and Fortaleza, as well as the western city of Cuiaba remain unsold. And the outermost city to host the World Cup, Manaus, whose Amazonia Arena isn’t fully finished yet, still also still has plenty of tickets left to purchase. You just have to get there first.

The tickets will remain on sale until the day of the matches.

Despite the leftover tickets, however, FIFA maintains the demand has been “unprecedented,” with nearly 11 million requests for the roughly 3.1 million available tickets. And as of last week, the FIFA says it has sold roughly 3 million of those, including 2.2 million through its Web site.

This is not dire news, however, as World Cup tickets also failed to sell out in 2010 when the tournament was held in South Africa, Bloomberg reports, or in 1994 when the World Cup was held in United States, according to the LA Times.

A huge hot air balloon shaped like Rio De Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer statue floats over Melbourne. (Reuters)

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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