DOHA, Qatar –
Nearly 2.9 million tickets have been sold for the World Cup in Qatar, FIFA and organizers stated Monday, leaving about 7 per cent of seats nonetheless obtainable.
People residing within the United States, Saudi Arabia and England topped the record of worldwide ticket patrons, whereas Mexico was the most important market exterior Qatar for company hospitality gross sales.
More tickets will develop into obtainable earlier than the match begins on Nov. 20, FIFA’s match director Colin Smith stated at a information convention in Doha held with Qatari organizers.
Tickets can sometimes develop into obtainable late as a result of stakeholders equivalent to sponsors and FIFA member federations return them from their quotas.
About 1.2 million worldwide guests are anticipated in Qatar for the 29-day match with additional lodging nonetheless being added to keep away from a scarcity of rooms within the tiny emirate.
Qatari officers stated 2 million separate room nights have already been sold to followers – in motels, residences, cruise ships and a few tenting websites – with 30,000 room choices now added to the capability.
Those new rooms added a complete capability of about 1 million room nights, stated Yasir Al Jamal, director basic of the Qatari organizing committee.
Extra capability was added final week with the hiring of a 3rd, 1,075-cabin cruise ship to dock in Doha port as a floating resort. Prices began at US$470 every evening in the course of the opening two weeks when all 32 groups are nonetheless concerned.
Though 420,000 folks worldwide utilized to be a match volunteer working in Qatar, solely 20,000 have been chosen, organizers stated. A complete of 11 per cent, about 2,200 folks, will come from overseas and 89 per cent are from Qatar.
Organizers stated an innovation for this World Cup might be a central base for consular providers with 45 nations represented by their embassy employees, in an exhibition corridor within the downtown West Bay space.