FIFA re-open the Phase 1 ticket sells of FIFA U17 WC for some venues
It was just few days ago that the news of Phase 1 tickets of Kolkata and Guwahati being sold-out within days of onset of the ticket sell of FIFA U17 World Cup in India created headlines.
At the same time it displayed the attachment of the masses of these two Eastern states and also doomed the hopes for the ticket-suitors as they would have to wait for the Phase 2 ticket sells. But a press-release by FIFA today would rekindle their hopes.
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 today announced that Phase I tickets for Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi have been reopened for sale.
Illustrating the huge interest in the beautiful game in these regions, tickets for these three cities had been sold out well before knowing the teams that will play at the venue.
Ticket sales for Phase I are scheduled to end on 7th July 2017, after the Official Draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017. Keeping that in mind, the Organising Committee has decided to ensure fans who have not yet got a chance to buy the Venue Package in the three cities, can access the discounted tickets for another three days.
Speaking about the decision, FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban said
“We’ve been really impressed with the interest in the tournament, especially in Kolkata, Guwahati and Kochi, and we’d like to give the fans there one more opportunity before the draw to book their place for this historic event in India. This is a beautiful demonstration of the love that Indian people have for football.”
Tickets for Phase II will go on sale once the fixtures have been decided on 7th after the Official Draw for the tournament. The phase will exclusively be available for VISA cardholders between 7th and 21st July.
Although the news of the restart of the Phase 1 ticket sells of the above three venues will be a great news for the football enthusiasts, at the same time it also could not shun the critics. Many have asked questions regarding the morality of the LOC of the tournament. The previous statement of them declaring the Phase 1 ticket sells of the venues being completed also comes under the scanner automatically.
Inspite of there being the pros and cons of the new declaration, the football fans are the winners at the end of the day.