300,000 apply online for FIFA World Cup tickets

February 24th, 2009 - 9:03 am ICT by IANS  

Johannesburg, Feb 24 (Xinhua) More than 300,000 online applications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup have been received within 48 hours of the opening of ticket sales, the organising committee has said.
“This is a very happy moment,” said the committee’s chief executive Danny Jordaan at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Visitors’ Centre Monday.

This figure excludes thousands of other applications being processed through First National Bank (FNB) branches countrywide.

“The fervor is already palpable within South Africa and all around the world… everyone wants to take part in this extraordinary event,” said Jordaan.

Tickets went on sale Friday.

Fans have until midnight March 31, to make ticket applications on the www.fifa.com website. In addition, South African residents have the opportunity to submit paper applications in one of the 700 FNB branches across the country.

This is the first phase of ticket sales and all applicants who register correctly by the end of this sales period will have an equal opportunity to get tickets, as a random draw will take place April 15 to determine which applicants receive tickets for oversubscribed matches.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is scheduled for June next year.

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