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Rugby World Cup Tickets Hit Roof 2006-11-02

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Money, Scotland.
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A centre stand ticket to see ‘Scotland’ play ‘New Zealand’ (‘The All Blacks’) at ‘Murrayfield’ in next year’s Rugby World Cup will cost supporters a staggering 175 GBP/ 262 EUR / 334 USD / 497 NZD

‘The Scottish Rugby Union’ had been concerned about the prices that ‘The Rugby World Cup’ organisers would foist upon them after agreeing two years ago to be a host of ‘pool matches’ in the 2007 event, and yesterday (2006-11-01) those fears were realised.

  • Tickets will range from 9… 43 GBP for ‘Scotland’s’ match against ‘Romania’, but scale upwards from 38… 51 GBP, 85 GBP, 148 GBP and 164 GBP to watch ‘New Zealand’. There is an 11 GBP handling fee on top for each transaction, taking the cost of the purchase from 49… 175 GBP. Only one 11 GBP fee is charged if several tickets are purchased in one transaction. It remains unknown how many tickets are available in each price category.

The last time ‘The Rugby World Cup’ was hosted in ‘The British Isles’, in 1999, ‘Murrayfield’ and ‘Hampden Park’ in Glasgow witnessed pitiful attendances as supporters complained of high ticket prices.

The reigning champions ‘South Africa’ played in front of only a few thousand in Glasgow and Edinburgh. A crowd of just 4769 turned up at ‘South Africa’ v ‘Spain’, when tickets were 18 GBP and 30 GBP. A barrage of negative publicity ensued, and ‘The Scottish Rugby Union’ was hugely embarrassed and insisted that the ticket prices had been foisted upon them by ‘The Rugby World Cup’ organisers, but this was hotly denied.

‘France’ are the hosts in 2007, and in an effort to secure votes in their battle with ‘England’ they offered ‘Scotland’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Wales’ ‘pool’ matches. ‘Ireland’s’ ‘Lansdowne Road’ is undergoing refurbishment and was a non-starter for involvement, but ‘The Scottish Rugby Union’ and ‘The Welsh Rugby Union’ accepted the offer.

When Mr.Phil Anderton was The Chief Executive of ‘The Scottish Rugby Union’, investigations were carried out into the possibility of handing the games back to ‘The Rugby World Cup’ — so concerned was The Chief Executive at the lack of control they would have over ticket prices — and instead taking the guaranteed payout of several million pounds on offer to non-hosting unions.

However, the situation was re-assessed after Mr.Gordon Mckie took over as The Chief Executive of ‘The Scottish Rugby Union’, and yesterday he discovered the prices he now has to persuade ‘Scotland’ supporters to pay to watch the ‘pool’ matches with ‘Romania’ (Tuesday 2007-09-18) and ‘New Zealand’ (Sunday 2007-09-23). ‘Scotland’s’ other ‘pool’ games are against a repechage qualifier on Saturday 2007-09-09 and ‘Italy’ on Saturday 2007-09-29, both in ‘St Etienne’.

Tickets will go on sale a week today (2005-11-09) for all ‘The Rugby World Cup’ games — except the semi-finals and final — from ‘The Rugby World Cup’ websites and from ‘Murrayfield’s’ ticket centre. In 2007-03 ‘The Rugby World Cup’ organisers will open a ballot for semi-final and final tickets, with ‘pool’ ticket buyers given preference.

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