About 2.5 million tickets have been already sold for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in 11 cities across Russia in less than two months, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.
“About 2.5 million tickets have been already sold and 53% of them were purchased by football fans from abroad,” Mutko, who oversees the issues of sports, tourism and youth affairs in the Russian government, said.
“Many countries will see about 15,000-20,000 of their football fans coming to Russia, while an expected number of football fans from the United States stands at some 30,000,” Mutko said. “We need to shape up a precise system of hospitality.”
A week ago, the world’s governing football body, FIFA, announced the opening of the 3rd and final stage of ticket sales for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.