While updating our passport numbers and credit card information on FIFA’s website earlier this week, I came across our original ticket applications. It was interesting to see the teams and the ticket categories of the matches that we didn’t get tickets for. There were definitely a few trends. Category 3? Not the best luck getting tickets there. Matches at Loftus Versfeld? Fail.
Ticketing Phase 1:
Match 20 – Argentina v. Korea Republic @ Soccer City: Category 2
Match 26 – Cameroon v. Denmark @ Loftus Versfeld: Category 1
Match 32 – Spain v. Honduras @ Ellis Park: Category 3
Match 39 – Ghana v. Germany @ Soccer City: Category 3
Match 41 – Slovakia v. Italy @ Ellis Park: Category 2
Match 50 – (Round of 16) 1C v. 2D @ Royal Bafokeng: Category 1
Match 54 – (Round of 16) 1G v. 2H @ Ellis Park: Category 2
Match 17 – South Africa v. Uruguay @ Loftus Versfeld: Category 3
Match 22 – Slovenia V. USA @ Ellis Park: Category 3
Match 29 – Brazil v. Côte d’Ivoire @ Soccer City: Category 2
Match 33 – Mexico v. Uruguay @ Royal Bafokeng: Category 1
Match 38 – USA v. Algeria @ Loftus Versfeld: Category 3
Match 47 – Chile v. Spain @ Loftus Versfeld: Category 3
Match 52 – (Round of 16) 1B v. 2A @ Soccer City: Category 2
Side note: Lauren and I each put in ticket requests for Phase 1, which may or not be against the rules. The ticketing regulations reads “a Ticket Applicant can only apply for a maximum of four (4) single Tickets for up to seven (7) Matches per household.” But we don’t live together. So I’m pretty sure I don’t even need to feel guilty about scamming the system.
Ticketing Phase 3:
Match 22 – Slovenia v. USA @ Ellis Park: Category 1
On all three ticket applications, we indicated that we would take a lower tickets category. Of course, when you select Category 3, there’s nowhere lower to go; Category 4 tickets are only available to residents of South Africa.
As far as I can recall, we were not downgraded on any of our Category 1 and Category 2 requests and, judging by our lack of success in obtaining Category 3 tickets, I suspect that the lowest ticket category was the most popular.
If it is within your means, budget for the higher ticket categories when you’re planning your World Cup Travel Extravaganza. If our experience with tickets for the 2010 World Cup is any indication, splurging for the higher tickets categories definitely increases your odds.