FIFA World Cup is going to start from June 11 in South Africa and the tickets would go on sale over the counter to the general public in South Africa from April 15. FIFA said 2.2 million tickets had been sold ahead of the fifth and final sales phase. Football fans in the host country South Africa had bought 925,437, followed by the United States with 118,945 and Britain with 67,654.
FIFA World Cup organizers launched a drive on Friday April 9 to persuade South Africans to buy up 500,000 unsold match tickets, after European demand for the football spectacular fell short of expectations. During the month long world football event in South Africa, 63 matches are scheduled to be played including final. With 62 days to go before the football World Cup, FIFA is trying to encourage fans from other African countries to attend the continent’s first World Cup.
FIFA WORLD Cup is knocking our doors and so are the terror threats. World’s most watched sport is under the threat of Al-Qaeda and US has decided to help host South Africa in the security arrangements.
South African Minister Nathi Mthethwa has stated that such events attract criminals to commit crime and send negative and disturbing messages. Police is steadfast in the security plans and any criminal activity or terrorism will be dealt swiftly and with no mercy. The force has been proactively and reactively preparing for any threat since 2004.
South Africa is at a distance of fifteen flying hours from New York, eleven from London and eight from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Scheduled flights from the five other African qualifiers mostly take an expensive route via Europe to reach South Africa. Except the FIFA World Cup 2010 final, tickets are still available for all matches and more than 100,000 of them will be available to the South Africans football fans for $20, the lowest World Cup price for many years.