Rugby World Cup 2011

RWC 2011 hits revenue target

2011-10-20 10:07
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Auckland - Rugby World Cup chiefs said on Thursday they had achieved their ticket sales revenue target with two matches still to play.

Sales have now exceeded the NZ$268.5 million (US$212.91 million) target set by Rugby New Zealand 2011, which is running the tournament, more than two years ago.

RNZ 2011 chairman Brian Roche said sales this week from the final tranche of tickets for Sunday's final between New Zealand and France and Friday's bronze final between Australia and Wales, both being played at Auckland's Eden Park, had pushed revenue to NZ$268.7 million (US$213.07 million)

Overall, 87 percent of available tickets have now sold.

"Ticket revenue eclipses by more than 11 times the previous largest grossing event in New Zealand history: the 2005 British and Irish Lions (tour)," Roche said in a Rugby World Cup statement

"Sunday's sold-out final alone has generated more than NZ$50 million (US$39.65) in revenue, twice that of the Lions' tour.

"We achieved this against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment and the tragic Christchurch earthquakes."

New Zealand's World Cup minister, Murray McCully, said the tournament had been a "wonderful celebration of New Zealand and proof that this small country can successfully hold a large and complex event like a Rugby World Cup".

"We could not have wished for a better platform to promote ourselves to the world," he added.

New Zealand Rugby Union chairman Mike Eagle said reaching the target meant the promise made in Dublin in November 2005 when the union won the right to host the seventh World Cup had been kept.

"We promised the IRB (International Rugby Board) a unique rugby experience where teams and their supporters would be warmly embraced by a stadium of four million," he said in a reference to New Zealand's population.

"Without a doubt we have seen just this over the last six weeks."

IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset added: "Achieving the ticket revenue target is another glowing endorsement of a tournament that will be remembered as one of the great Rugby World Cups.

"Not just for the action on the pitch and the wonderful way that the whole country has embraced the event, but because of the superb structure, organisation and delivery."



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