The countdown is on ... from today (9 September
2010) there's only one year to go until Rugby World Cup 2011, and
balloted sales for prized tickets are about to enter the second
Rugby fans determined to attend the semi-finals
or final games of Rugby World Cup 2011 are already be preparing
for their last chance to enter the ballot for semi-finals and
final games, which will open on Friday (10 September 2010).
More than 500,000 tickets were sold during the Phase
1 ticketing, demonstrating the strong local and international
Applications for the second phase of Rugby World
Cup 2011 ticketing - individual match tickets - will be open for a
four-week period on Friday, 10 September.
Tournament organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ
chief executive Martin Snedden has urged fans "to take advantage
of this phase as it may well be their last chance to buy tickets
until well into next year and also the last chance to enter the
ballots for semi-finals and final tickets."
already seen demand outstrip supply for some matches, and advise
fans not to leave it too late and to apply during this second
phase," Snedden said.
RWC Individual Tickets
Approximately 400,000 individual tickets will be made available in
Phase 2 for all matches, except for the semi-finals and the final.
Similar to the first phase, fans may apply for
tickets to matches of their choice.
"While tickets will be available for 45 matches,
demand to date has been exceptionally strong for matches at Eden
Park and the quarter-finals in Wellington and Christchurch,"
"We expect that fewer than 2,000 tickets will
be available for each quarter-final and the New Zealand v Tonga,
New Zealand v France, England v Scotland, and Australia v Ireland
matches at Eden Park.
"In addition most tickets within the
lowest price category have been snapped up at Eden Park,
Wellington and Christchurch."
Phase 1 Ticketing
2011 confirmed that overall sales targets were on track after
503,000 tickets worth NZ$76m were snapped up during the first
phase which featured Team and Venue Pool Packs as well as tickets
to quarter-finals and the bronze final.
"The initial demand
for tickets has been very strong, both from fans in New Zealand
and around the world, and bodes well for capacity crowds in 2011."
Approximately 100,000 or one fifth of tickets were
purchased overseas, with fans from United Kingdom, Ireland,
France, Australia and South Africa leading the way. Some 20,000
fans from 85 different countries were successful in their
Rugby Travel & Hospitality, which manages the
Official Travel and Hospitality programme, said tickets were in
"Our global network of Official Travel Agents
responsible for selling a wide variety of travel packages to rugby
fans from around the world are on track to sell more than 100,000
tickets through the travel programme to just over 30,000 overseas
visitors," said Rugby Travel & Hospitality operations director
David White. "Current sales indicate we’ll also bring a
further 13,500 visitors to New Zealand through the official
RNZ 2011 expects that orders
through subsequent ticket phases, further purchase of Official
Travel and Hospitality packages as well as expected arrivals of
media, sponsors and officials will see these visitor numbers
continue to rise over the next 12 months.
Phase 2 Ticketing
The Phase 2 application period will run from Friday,
until Friday, 8 October 2010. At that stage RNZ 2011 will process applications. Notification
of the outcome of each application will be issued on or before 12
RNZ 2011 expects to sell 1.45m of the 1.65m
tickets available for sale. Of the 1.65m, Rugby World Cup Ltd
currently retains 600,000 tickets for sponsors, teams, travel and
All ticket prices for Phase 2 have been adjusted
for New Zealand’s GST tax increase which comes into effect on 1
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