Tickets for Rugby World Cup 2019 are attracting record demand with more than 4.5 million ticket applications since the program launched in January 2018.
The general ticket application period, which ran from Sept 19 to Nov 12 via rugbyworldcup.com/tickets, saw in excess of two million tickets applications against an available inventory of 300,000 tickets, as fans from across the globe took part in the largest general public ticket ballot of any Rugby World Cup.
With over 40% of demand coming from outside Japan, Rugby World Cup 2019 is on track to host the largest number of overseas visitors in the history of the tournament. The next opportunity to purchase tickets begins at 10 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) on Jan 19, 2019, when first-come-first-served general ticket sales begin.
With extremely limited availability for matches involving Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, England and the knockout phases, fans are encouraged to use the ticket availability indicator on the ticketing website to give themselves the best opportunity to secure tickets. Fans are also reminded to check out the Official Supporter Tour and Hospitality programs, which have also been experiencing significant demand with unprecedented demand for ticket inclusive travel packages experienced by official travel agents and significant hospitality interest with the prestigious Webb Ellis Suite and private suites already sold out.
Further details can be found via www.rugbyworldcup.com/supportertours and www.rugbyworldcup.com/hospitality. Limited quantities of tickets will be periodically made available for sale across 2019 as new ticket inventory becomes available. These tickets will be a mixture of seats released from ongoing venue planning and configuration, handbacks from the tournament's commercial program and unions, and tickets that have been registered for official resale by fans who can no longer attend matches.
All future ticket sales opportunities will be announced in advance, while further details on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Resale site will be provided in March 2019.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby World Cup 2019 is shaping-up to be a very popular, special and game-changing Rugby World Cup. The incredible demand for tickets demonstrates that Asia’s first Rugby World Cup has truly captured the imagination of fans around the world. It will be a tournament that has fans and teams at heart, celebrates rugby and Japan and will further the reach and growth of the sport across Asia and around the world.”
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu added: “The response from both Japanese and international rugby fans across the ballot phases has been truly amazing. In particular, the demand for matches featuring the host nation Japan, top-tier nations New Zealand, Ireland and England, as well as the knockout stages has been nothing short of phenomenal.
"Anybody considering buying tickets for matches that still have availability should move quickly when first-come-first-served sales begin on Jan 19, next year. The huge demand from domestic rugby fans unable to secure tickets for Japan matches will spread quickly to the tournament’s remaining fixtures. There are still some great tickets available and we want to ensure that we welcome as many foreign fans as possible for this once in a lifetime tournament.”
Japan 2019 is set to be the most impactful Rugby World Cup to date, with the prospect of the world’s best rugby players competing in Asia for the first time acting as a catalyst to inspire people across the world’s most populous and youthful continent to get involved with the sport. World Rugby’s Impact Beyond legacy program has already attracted over 900,000 participants and demonstrates the enormous potential that exists for rugby in Asia, which according to recent Nielsen research is already home to 112 million rugby fans.
When purchasing tickets, fans will be able to opt-in and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back program. In partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond program, Pass It Back inspires positive social change through the delivery of an integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum, educating children and young people in areas of leadership, problem-solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and life preparation. For more details visit www.childfundpassitback.org.
With such exceptional demand for tickets, fans are being urged to buy exclusively from official channels to avoid being let down. For more details, visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/buy-official.© Rugbyworldcup.com