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Fans apply for 325,000 tickets for Rugby World Cup 2011 and rising

Fans have responded strongly to the opening of ticket applications to Rugby World Cup 2011 with total applications to date reaching 325,000 tickets, said Tournament Organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011).

These numbers are equivalent to filling the redeveloped Eden Park more than five times over.

The figure includes the 190,000 tickets applied for since applications to the global public opened at 9am (NZ time) Tuesday April 27. These represent 53,000 Venue and Team Pool Packs.

This brings the total value of ticket applications to date to NZD$56m. This includes applications from the global public and the New Zealand Rugby Community as well as confirmed sales during March to Provincial Union season pass holders, venue members and box holders.

This excludes any sales already made under the Official Travel and Hospitality sales programme.  The response to the Official Travel programme has also been encouraging with at least 85,000 tickets sold as part of official travel packages.

One fifth of the applications are for Team Pool Packs which tend to be more popular with overseas fans.

“RWC 2011 will be a special time for New Zealanders and for visitors to come to a country passionate about Rugby so the initial flood of applications has been a great vote of confidence in our country’s plans to hold the best Rugby World Cup yet,” said RNZ 2011 CEO Martin Snedden.

Applications for Venue and Team Pool Packs close at 5pm (NZ time) on Friday May 21 in this first phase of public ticketing and all applications have an equal opportunity of success regardless of when the application is submitted.

“This is the best chance for fans to secure the seats they want for RWC 2011 so I hope as many as possible take advantage of this first phase.”