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TICKET FRENZY KICKS OFF:
Rush Expected as World Cup Seats Go on Sale
September 18, 2000
Tickets for the 2002 soccer World Cup will soon be on sale in Japan following a recent decision on how those earmarked for domestic use will be allocated. The scramble for the approximately 340,000 seats available to the general public will begin well before the tournament itself, which will be jointly hosted by Japan and South Korea
Competition Set to Be Fierce
Priority for J.League Supporters
Reaction to the decision on ticket allocation was swift. Supporters of the Japan Professional Football League (J.League) demanded that those who regularly attend pro-soccer matches be given priority and presented a 7,000-signature petition to JAWOC. JAWOC agreed that the supporters, on whose loyalty Japanese soccer depends, should be treated well and decided to set aside some of the JFA's allocation of 190,000 tickets for them. It was decided to give such supporters priority when allocating tickets, mainly for games involving Japan. What must now be decided is how to define a "supporter" and how these tickets should be allocated to them. For those who want to get tickets quickly, it might be wise to consider becoming a J.League supporter.
Tickets were the cause of a number of problems at the last World Cup in France. Many Japanese tourists, for example, were among the victims of a counterfeit ticket scheme. The scramble for tickets to see the 2002 World Cup will probably continue to heat up as the tournament approaches.
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