U.S. Soccer World Cup Ticket Allocation Sold Out in Private ussoccerfan.com Sale
CHICAGO (January 17, 2006) — U.S. Soccer’s complete allocation for tickets to the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany was sold out in the organization’s initial private ussoccerfan.com presale. The overwhelming demand for tickets eliminated the need for a public ticket sale and guarantees the United States will have the team’s greatest fan support ever at a FIFA World Cup outside of the United States.
The initial ussoccerfan.com presale ran from Dec. 12 through Jan. 4, but incredible early demand for tickets in the first-come, first-served sale meant that U.S. Soccer would be unable to provide all fans with tickets to the world’s most popular sporting event. In total, U.S. Soccer only receives eight percent of the seats in each of the team’s three World Cup venues, a total of fewer than 10,000 tickets for the Group E matches. In the presale, U.S. Soccer received requests for nearly 40,000 tickets for these matches. Ticket applications were received from all 50 states and from U.S. citizens in 16 countries.
“We knew from the beginning that the demand would exceed the supply and that, unfortunately, some of our fans would be disappointed,” said U.S. Soccer Director of Communications Jim Moorhouse. “The overwhelming response was incredible and shows the true dedication of our fans.”
U.S. Soccer has requested an additional allotment of tickets from FIFA and is awaiting word on any potential availability for those tickets. Fans that took part in the ussoccerfan.com presale but did not receive tickets are now on the organization’s priority waiting list should additional tickets become available.