RWC tickets to cost a fortune


WELLINGTON, December 4- The best tickets for the final of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand will cost around 900 US dollars, the tournament chief said Friday.RWC_TROPHY_Martin Snedden, chief executive of Rugby New Zealand 2011, said adult tickets for the six-week tournament starting in September 2011 would range from 30 dollars (22 US) to 1,250 dollars (907 US) for the most expensive seats at the October 23 final.

Prices reflected the status of the Rugby World Cup as one of the planet’s largest sports events while at the same time trying to make the event accessible to fans, he said.

Organisers tried to balance achieving budgets — with a projected loss of 39 million dollars by Rugby New Zealand 2011 — and making tickets as affordable as possible.

"Although tickets for knockouts and major pool matches are expensive by New Zealand standards, we have been able to price two-thirds of matches at or below existing test match prices," Snedden said.

Tickets for the final will start at 390 dollars, with tickets for the semi-finals priced between 290 and 780 dollars and the quarter-finals costing 190 to 480 dollars.

Although prices for most pool games start at 30 dollars, some high profile matches will cost from 95 dollars to 350 dollars, and All Blacks matches against France and the tournament’s opening match against Tonga will range from 120 to 450 dollars.

Ticket sales will start in April next year for venue and team packages for pool games and quarter-finals, with individual ticket sales starting in late 2010, followed by a ballot for the semi-finals and final.

A total of 20 teams will take part in 48 matches at 13 venues around New Zealand.