South Africa – The 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations South Africa 2013 is only 6 days away and public interest has soared leading to a total sell-out of Category 1 and Category 2 tickets for the Opening Games on 19 January 2013 which kicks off at the National Stadium in Johannesburg. Group A double-header clash led by the host nation, South Africa and Cape Verde Islands, followed by Angola and Morocco will set the mood of the tournament.
The Categories 1 and 2 tickets represent the high end of tickets available to fans. To date 359 543 tickets have been sold or allocated, which represents about 42% of the total capacity of the stadia. CAF and the LOC remain optimistic that the numbers will continue to increase, with a specific focus made on matches of Group B in Port-Elisabeth and of Group D in Rustenburg, both having the lowest figures of tickets sold so far.
“We are happy with this development because it shows a marked change in South African spectator behavior where usually the cheapest category tickets are sold out first,” said the LOC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mvuzo Mbebe. “This seems to suggest that with the week on its final stretch before the start of the biggest sporting showpiece in the continent Category 3 tickets will sell even faster than they have today as soon as we announce a comprehensive fan transport solution to and from the stadiums”.
The LOC is still hoping to reach the ticket sales target of 500 000 by the start of the tournament in Johannesburg even if this will not be easy. But a relief to most fans is that it is now possible to buy and receive tickets immediately. Fans are spoilt for choice of the tickets they can purchase. For those fans who want to take advantage of the two packages that have on sale already to the public which have tantalizing discounts that range from a discount 10% to 15% until today 13 January.
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