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FIFA makes 180,000 additional World Cup tickets available

Jun 3, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

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Alluding to “the release of buffers in some stadiums following their delivery,” FIFA will make around 180,000 new World Cup tickets available on Wednesday, one minute after midnight Brasilia time. The tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis on the organization’s ticketing website for matches across all 12 venues.

The tickets will also be available through 12 ticketing centers at host cities in Brazil. In announcing the release, FIFA said additional tickets could be made available as a future dates as previous purchasers seek to sell their tickets through the organization’s resale platform.

From FIFA:

These additional tickets are due to the release of buffers in some stadiums following their delivery.

Also, after about ten months of sales, FIFA takes note that there has been very little demand for the seats dedicated to people with reduced mobility. Therefore, FIFA will make the majority of this inventory available to all fans but keep an allocation of these seats reserved.

For people like myself (staying home for this one), this news is little more than a curiosity, but for so many who left for Brazil without tickets to just enjoy the spectacle, this could mean having more than a casual view. With so many tickets being freed up two weeks before kickoff, procrastinators and impulse travelers could be rewarded.

Of course, regardless of the reason they’re being made available, the fact that so many tickets are for sale this close to the event speaks to the delay in delivering the stadiums. In a few weeks, however, that story will be history. We, as well as 180,000 new ticket holders, can start enjoying the World Cup.

  1. nextmanup81 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Currently trying to buy tickets and here’s what I got on my computer screen: “please wait while we transfer you to the FIFA.com/tickets page. Due to an exceedingly high demand for access to the ticketing page, you have been placed in a virtual waiting room.” I’ve been in said waiting room for over half an hour. We’ll see how this goes, but it doesn’t look good…

  2. nextmanup81 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    So I finally got into the ticketing site after a little over an hour waiting. There appeared to be at least limited availability to the 3 games I’m interested in, until I try to add them to cart – then I get a message saying they’re temporarily sold out. Refresh the browser, choose the tickets again – wash, rinse, repeat. This has been going on for about an hour now. Thanks FIFA for making us think we had a chance at getting some if these tickets, and wasting all of our time!

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