With the next Ticket Sales Ballot set to open on 19 September, fans are encouraged to apply for tickets to ensure they don’t miss out on what will be a truly once in a lifetime Rugby World Cup experience. Initial ticket ballots that ran from January to June saw unprecedented demand, with more than 2.5 million ticket applications. However, match tickets are still available for all categories and all fixtures across the entire tournament for this first general public ticket ballot phase. World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said:
"It is very encouraging to see such strong demand for tickets during the early sales phases. The level of interest creates a great sense of momentum going in to the general public ticket sales period beginning on 19 September. Fans across the world will have the opportunity to get their hands on match tickets across all 48 fixtures in what promises to be a very unique and special Rugby World Cup with a fantastic atmosphere in the twelve stadiums and throughout Japan." Rugby World Cup 2019 will be the first time the tournament will be held in Asia and the first to be hosted outside of the traditional rugby powerhouse nations. Every four years rugby fans the world over look forward with great anticipation to the staging of the Rugby World Cup. Japan, with its unique culture, world famous hospitality, bustling urban centres and stunning countryside has captured the imagination of rugby fans everywhere. Over 400,000 foreign visitors are anticipated to travel to Japan for the tournament. This, combined with the huge interest among the Japanese rugby public, has driven the unprecedented demand for tournament tickets. With 48 matches played across 12 host cities stretching from the northern island of Hokkaido, to southern island of Kyushu, visiting fans will get to experience the amazing regional diversity Japan has to offer while being a part of the world’s premier rugby tournament. To increase chances of securing tickets, fans are encouraged to use the traffic-light indicator on the Rugby World Cup ticketing site that clearly shows the level of ticket demand across every match. By choosing matches that are green or amber, fans have a far greater chance of being part of what is shaping up to be a truly once in a lifetime event. Akira Shimazu Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee President & CEO said: "Demand for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets has been incredibly strong with more than 70 per cent of the available inventory sold during the initial sales ballots that ran until June this year. However, with additional tickets now available, there is a great opportunity to secure tickets to all matches and be a part of what will be a wonderful Rugby World Cup tournament and a once in a lifetime opportunity for Japan." "We’ve seen the highest demand for matches featuring the host nation Japan, world champions New Zealand, as well as Ireland, Australia and England, with interest across the knockout stages also incredibly strong. However, there are many great fixtures for which match tickets are still readily available, so my message to those fans who have not yet been successful is to apply again in this upcoming ballot. We want to ensure that we welcome as many fans as possible to this once in a lifetime tournament." Rugby World Cup 2019 Worldwide Partner Mastercard is offering fans who apply for tickets using their Mastercard the chance to receive a double entry in the ticketing ballot. Fans will be able to opt-in and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back programme. In partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, Pass It Back inspires positive social change through the delivery of an integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum, educating children and young people in areas of leadership, problem-solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and life preparation. For more details visit www.childfundpassitback.org. With such exceptional demand for tickets, fans are being urged to buy exclusively from official channels to avoid being let down. For more details visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official.
SOURCE: WORLD RUGBY