5 Dec 2009

Ticket prices out for Rugby World Cup

12:23 pm on 5 December 2009

Organisers of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand have released ticket pricing for the event with prices ranging from $15 to $1250.

Tickets, which go on sale in April, will start at $15 for children and $30 for adults for many pool matches, with the final at Eden Park in Auckland to cost between $390 and $1250.

Tournament chief executive Martin Snedden says they believe the ticketing policy will result in each match being played in front of full venues.

He says although tickets for knockouts and major pool matches are expensive by New Zealand standards, they have been able to price two-thirds of matches at or below existing Test match prices.

Organisers will also allow buyers to pay for their tickets in instalments to lure them to more expensive games at the knockout stages.

With the International Rugby Board (IRB) retaining all commercially generated income as well as taking a $150 million hosting fee, New Zealand must rely largely on ticket sales to cover the cost of hosting the tournament.

The cheapest ticket to watch an All Black match is $30 although the match against France and the opening match against Tonga are more expensive.