Get Your World Cup Tickets: First-Come, First-Serve!
When applications for the initial electronic lottery phase of ticket sales for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil closed on Oct. 10, football’s Zurich-based governing body was deluged with some 6,164,682 ticket requests from 203 countries, all vying for the estimated 1 million tickets that are available for purchase in this initial phase.
And just days before Nov. 4, when we were originally to be informed if they picked our lucky numbers, FIFA announced a delay of the electronic draw. So it will be a further week – by Nov. 10 – when we all find out if we hit the jackpot or not. The chances?
Não são boas!
But fret ye not. For the majority of us who are likely to come up empty handed in the electronic draw, there’s hope yet! On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the first-come, first serve sales phase kicks off on FIFA’s official website and continues through Nov. 28. During this time, applications will be processed in the order they are received. In other words, you’ll want to hop on the Internet on the fastest connection to have access to and repeatedly refresh until you break through – we’re predicting a level of server overload that will leave even the Affordable Healthcare Act website programmers pointing fingers!
At time of writing, 21 countries had qualified for the world’s biggest football tournament, with 11 spots still up for grabs through a series of playoffs. If your team is one of those 31, you have a leg up on those whose who might be hesitant to pull the trigger on tickets until their team of choice qualifies further down the road – dilly-dallying is not your friend!
Ticket prices for the opening match in São Paulo on June 12 range from $220 to $495 (Brazilian prices start at $80), while the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 ranges from $440 to $990 (Brazilians pay from $165). Group stage matches are cheaper.
A second sales phase will begin Dec. 8 after the World Cup draw determines where and when each nation will play; and a last-minute first-come, first-serve sales phase begins April 15, 2014. According to FIFA, approximately 3.3 million tickets in total will be up for grabs.
See you out there in the interwebs on Tuesday!
LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate nearly 50 flights per week between Miami, New York and Orlando to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. From there, domestic flights are available to all FIFA World Cup host cities.
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