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THE HOTTEST TICKETS IN TOWN:
Millions Apply for World Cup Seats
March 27, 2001
Applications for tickets to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which will be co-hosted by Japan and South Korea, began worldwide on February 15, sparking a rush for applications in host nation Japan. Matches attracting particularly high numbers of applications include those featuring home team Japan and the final. Tickets for these games, in particular, will be like gold dust.
FIFA is handling the approximately 1.5 million tickets for sale outside of Japan and South Korea, of which 880,000 are available to the general public. The application period for these tickets runs from February 15 to April 30, 2001. They are divided into Venue Specific Tickets, for matches at a certain stadium, and Team Specific Tickets, for matches involving a certain team. Japanese and Korean residents can also apply for these tickets.
Scramble for Tickets Reaches Fever Pitch
The volume of applications is all the more remarkable considering that the identity of the teams playing in these World Cup matches will not be known until December 1, 2001; at this stage fans know only the time and venue of the games. The fact that so many people are so keen to get tickets before they even know which teams are playing shows just how much interest the World Cup is generating among the Japanese people. The venue for host Japan's three first round group games (Saitama, Yokohama, and Osaka) are already decided, however, and competition for tickets to these games is so fierce that there are said to be 200 applicants for each ticket.
J. League Benefits from World Cup Fever
For security reasons, each person can only make one application for each match. Someone who lived in one of the host cities and attended a J. League game would be able to take advantage of three different application methods, however, including applying for general-sale tickets, or a maximum of four if they also applied for tickets on sale overseas.
As the first World Cup ever to be hosted jointly by two nations and the first ever to be held in Asia, the 2002 tournament is a truly significant event. With the second round of ticket sales scheduled to get underway early in 2002, soon after the identity of the competing teams has been decided, the ticket frenzy looks set to continue right up until the tournament opens on May 30, 2002.
Copyright (c) 2001 Japan Information Network. Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.