Cup tickets sold over the counter

SOUTH Africans struggling to lay their hands on World Cup tickets were given some good news yesterday when the Local Organising Committee (LOC) revealed that tickets would be sold over the counter.

The news were revealed by LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan at a media briefing in Johannesburg.

Jordaan, with Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, said that 2million tickets had been sold and also revealed that the same system that was used during the Confederations Cup, where fans brought their identity documents to buy their tickets at ticket centres, will also be introduced for the World Cup.

"We have seen a flood in demand for tickets. We are happy that the 2million mark for tickets has been sold and we can't wait for June 11 to deliver an excellent World Cup. I'm not satisfied with the way tickets have sold, I'm very excited," Jordaan said.

Regarding people finding it difficult to book planes to South Africa and also to take them to different places during the tournament, he said a lot of people have difficulty coming to South Africa even without the Cup and the demand was even worse now. He said they will have a meeting with the airlines to sort the matter out.

Valcke also said he was happy with how things had turned out. "We have decided to increase tickets for South Africans. There is a lot of demand for the final, even if we had two Soccer City stadiums with 190000 capacity it would still not be enough."