World Cup Ticket Sales Move Forward Despite Computer Problems

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World Cup tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis (FIFA)
(WFI) FIFA has announced that in the first 24 hours of its new sales window, an additional 356,700 tickets for the Russia World Cup have been allocated to fans around the world.

This new process has not been trouble-free though. FIFA had to apologize on Tuesday after its website failed to cope with the high demand for purchasing tickets.

In fact, fans around the globe spent hours waiting to get into the FIFA site after sales reopened Tuesday morning. Others complained they had paid for tickets but didn't get any confirmation the tickets were reserved.

FIFA posted on Twitter "We are really sorry that problems have been persisting. We've been informed that the issues relate to the sheer volume of fans accessing the ticketing platform."

The new process of tickets sales is based on a “first-come, first-served” system and will be open to April 3. Until now most World Cup tickets had been issued by a lottery system.

According to world football’s governing body, most tickets allocated on Tuesday went to Russian fans (197,036).

Internationally, fans from USA purchased the highest amount of tickets (14,845) followed by Argentina (14,564), Colombia (13,994), Mexico (13,505), Brazil (9,691), Peru (9,493), Australia (5,500), Germany (5,476), China (5,459) and India (4,166).

Currently two games are off-limits for ticket purchases: the final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and June 16 Group D’s opener between Argentina and Iceland also in the Russian capital. The latter has been sold out due not only to the high interest of the Russian public to see Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi in action but also to the high demand from the Icelandic supporters to witness their national team debut in a World Cup.

According to some reports, 55,232 seat applications were received from Iceland during the first two ticket sales phases. The country’s population is 334,252, meaning nearly one out of five residents of that country wants to be in Russia to cheer for their team during the global event.

By INSIDER Javier Monne

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