Almost 3.5 million ticket requests were submitted for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as national football teams booked all but nine spots in the upcoming world’s flagship football championship, FIFA announced in its statement on Thursday.
“Excitement is building prior to FIFA’s flagship event and ticket requests have been high since 14 September,” the statement said. “3,496,204 tickets have been requested so far as the first sales period concludes today.”
“Most of the applications have come from Russia, while international demand accounts for more than 30%,” according to the statement. “German, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, US, Colombian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Polish fans all rank in the top 10.”
The world’s governing football body also reported that “around 150,000 tickets have been requested for the Opening Match and more than 300,000 for the Final.”
The opening and the final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in the Russian capital of Moscow at the legendary 81,000-seat capacity Luzhniki Stadium.
The tickets for the matches of the world football championship are sold in three phases. Sales Phase 1 was divided into two stages and the initial one was held between September 14 and October 12, when fans can apply for tickets.
“During the Random Selection Draw sales period, which ended today at 12.00 Moscow time, fans had the chance to apply for tickets for every match or for specific ticket products,” the FIFA said in its statement.