FANS lined up for three hours at a suburban shopping mall in Port Elizabeth yesterday to buy the most sought-after ticket in town: entry to Friday's blockbuster World Cup quarterfinal between favourites Brazil and the Netherlands.
Officials are expecting the first-ever sellout at the 42286-seat Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium after there were empty seats at the new stadium's six previous matches. Tickets went on sale yesterday in four categories, from R525 ($70) to R2100 ($275).
Deenish Nadill of Port Elizabeth was the first in line, waiting outside the mall doors since 6am.
"I like their style of football," Nadill said.
The sides advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday when Brazil defeated Chile 3-0 and Netherlands beat Slovakia 2-1.
Stadium venue manager Archie Charalambous said there were thousands of tickets left by mid-morning but he expected the rest to be snapped up by the end of the day. The ticket office had extra staff on duty for the expected rush.
"Let's face it, this quarterfinal is like a final," Charalambous said. - Sapa-AP