27 Aug 2010

Second phase of World Cup tickets sales begins next month

2:57 pm on 27 August 2010

Fans hoping to attend the semi-finals and final of next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand have their last chance to enter the ticket ballot when the second phase of sales opens on September the 10th.

About 400,000 tickets would be available in the four-week second sales phase which begins a day after the tournament marks the one-year countdown.

More than 500,000 tickets were sold in the first sales phase which ended in May, with about 100,000 purchased by overseas fans.

Some matches, such as the quarter-finals in Wellington and Christchurch, have almost sold out already.

Local organisers must rely on ticket sales to cover the cost of hosting the tournament, with the International Rugby Board retaining all commercially generated income as well as taking a hosting fee of $150 million.

The tournament's operating loss is expected to be around $40 million, which is being underwritten by the government and New Zealand Rugby Union.