Fans around the world can now register their interest in applying for Rugby World Cup 2019TM tickets following the launch of the official ticketing website as part of a nationwide festival to celebrate two years to go.
Tickets will go on sale through a phased process from January 2018, but with demand expected to be high, the Japan 2019 organising committee is providing the opportunity for fans to register early via www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets and create their unique account.
At least 1.8 million tickets will be available for Asia's first Rugby World Cup and with 75 per cent of the Japanese population living within an hour of a match venue, the strategy has been designed to be as accessible and affordable as possible and will reward the Japan rugby family, host city residents and Front Row/Supporters' Club members with priority access.
The key phases to purchase tickets are:
Japan 2019 Chief Executive Akira Shimazu said: “We are marking the two years to go milestone with kick-off on a nationwide programme of festival activities that culminates with the match schedule and ticketing programme announcement on 2 November.
“Our ambition is to make the tournament as accessible as possible and that starts with educating fans on when and how they can purchase tickets, which starts today. Further details will be announced on 2 November.
“Throughout the festival period we will be encouraging everyone to register on the ticketing website via www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets so they will be the first to know all the latest ticketing news.”
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont added: “Rugby World Cup 2019 represents a once-in-lifetime experience for fans in Japan to be part of one of the world's biggest and best-loved major sports events and a special opportunity for fans around the world to visit Asia's first Rugby World Cup.
"From 2 November, fans around the world can start to plan their Japan 2019 adventure in earnest."
The public around the world and in Japan can buy travelling fan packages from January, allowing them time to make travel arrangements. These will be sold through the Official Travel Agents appointed by Sports Travel and Hospitality (STH) Group Ltd, the exclusive official travel provider. The agents will be announced on 21 September and fans can register their interest via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours.
In February 2018 the hospitality programme will launch via STH Japan K.K, offering a range of package options, catering for a variety of requirements and budgets. In the meantime, individuals and companies can register their interest via www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality.
The priority sales programme for the Japan rugby family, host cities residents, Supporters’ Club/Front Row members will launch in January 2018. Japan 2019 will work with the JRFU and its clubs to make available tickets to club members who support the game week-in, week -out in the host nation. Details of the priority sales programme will be announced on 2 November.
In September 2018, one year from the tournament, general sales will begin through a public application process. Fans will be able to apply for tickets with oversubscribed matches being entered into a ballot system. Following a full tender process, Japan 2019 has appointed PIA as the official ticketing provider.
The final phase of ticketing will see any remaining tickets go on sale on a first come, first served basis from January 2019.
Mastercard, as a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019, are offering those who apply for tickets using their Mastercard the chance to receive a double entry in the ticketing ballot for the opportunity to secure tickets to each of the matches they apply for.
For all enquiries regarding the Rugby World Cup 2019 ticketing programme, please contact the Japan Rugby 2019 Communications Department: Phone: +81-3-6438-6321; Email: email@example.com.