Record demand for RWC tickets

2014-10-23 12:35
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Cape Town - There has been a record level of demand for tickets to next year's Rugby World Cup to be staged in England and Wales.

This was on Thursday announced by England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for the tournament to be staged from September 18 to October 31 next year.

According to the Rugby World Cup 2015's official website, 950 000 RWC 2015 tickets were sold in the September general sale.

 - Applicants who weren't successful in this phase will get priority when remaining tickets go on sale by the end of November
 - 650 000 ticket applications received for England v Australia in pool stage
 - 500 000 ticket applications received for Rugby World Cup 2015 final
 - 23 out of 48 matches went to ballot at every price category
 - All 48 matches went to ballot at entry price categories
 - Highest level of demand for tickets for any Rugby World Cup, with 5 million tickets applied for in total

Tickets were on general sale between September 12 and September 29, 2014, and England Rugby 2015 received applications for more than 5 million tickets, leading to demand exceeding supply at every price category for 23 of the 48 matches. Ballots were run earlier this week for matches and price points where demand for tickets exceeded supply, and ballots were held for at least one price point in every one of the 48 matches.

Rugby fans will be notified of the results of their ticket applications on October 25, and payment will be taken from payment cards from October 27. Rugby fans who did not receive tickets in the ballots will receive priority when tickets go back on sale by the end of November. Full details of the November sale, including the dates, will be announced shortly. Demand for tickets was highest for England v Australia, England v Wales, New Zealand v Argentina and Australia v Wales in the pool stages, and for both semi-finals and the final.


“We are thrilled with demand for tickets a year out from the tournament, and the record level of demand we saw in September is a terrific indicator of the general interest and excitement for Rugby World Cup 2015," said Debbie Jevans, Chief Executive Officer of England Rugby 2015.

"Demand has exceeded supply for a high number of our matches, and the only downside of such strong demand is that there will inevitably be some disappointment when rugby fans are notified of the results of their applications on Saturday. We would like to thank everyone who applied for tickets and anyone who missed out on tickets this time will get first priority when the remaining tickets go back on sale next month.”

Bernard Lapasset, IRB Chairperson, added: “We are delighted with the incredible demand for tickets across the tournament from fans in the UK and around the world. Rugby World Cup is all about the fans and the players and today’s announcement reinforces our belief that Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a very special record-breaking celebration of rugby and the host nation. It really is too big to miss.”

Sports Minister, Helen Grant, commented: "In addition to the 950 000 tickets sold in the September sale, 340 000 tickets were sold by England Rugby 2015 to rugby fans through rugby clubs in England and Wales as part of the Rugby Community Programme, while the overall sales figure will increase through the November sale."

Tickets are still available via the official travel and hospitality programmes with official supporter tour package sales currently at more than 160 000 and on track to break the 184 000 record levels achieved for France 2007, underscoring the attraction of the event around the world.

The official hospitality programme is also tracking at record levels with all boxes sold out at Twickenham, Exeter and Brighton.

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