- © RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov
© RIA Novosti. Anton Denisov
MOSCOW, June 18 (R-Sport) – More than 100,000 tickets have been sold for next week’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, the head of the Russian Rugby Union said Tuesday.
The figure makes the three-day World Cup by far the best-attended rugby tournament in Russian history, and among the most popular sports events this year in Russia.
“I’d like to point out that, as of today, more than 100,000 tickets have been sold for the three days on which the competition will be held,” Vyacheslav Kopiev said.
“For the last day, there’s more interest from the fans and already there’s a certain lack of tickets.”
The event has vastly outsold August’s world athletics championships, for which organizers said earlier this month they had sold just 44,400 tickets for the eight-day event.
Kopiev said almost all of the interest in the World Cup Sevens came from within Russia, a landmark for rugby in the country.
“As of today, around 1,500 tickets have been sold outside Russia,” Kopiev said. “The rest of that is Russian fans. We hope that such a big number of Russians will see this game and start to love it, and it’ll become more popular in Russia.”
Of foreign sales, he said: “We expected more, to be honest.” Of the 1,500 tickets sold abroad, almost half have gone to Home Nations fans, he added.
Next week’s World Cup Sevens will be the last edition for the tournament before the discipline’s Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Tickets are for a day's competition at the Luzhniki arena, including dozens of 14-minute matches.
Kopiev also said there had been extensive interest from Russians willing to volunteer at the tournament, with 600 accepted and a further 200 in reserve.