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Buy tickets to watch Ronaldo and Real Madrid before they run out, say CWC organisers

Tickets for December 6-16 tournament reportedly selling fast since being made available at beginning of July, writes John McAuley.

Dhabi the Arabian gazelle greets onlookers after being unveiled as the mascot for the Fifa Club World Cup at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Christopher Pike / The National
Dhabi the Arabian gazelle greets onlookers after being unveiled as the mascot for the Fifa Club World Cup at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Christopher Pike / The National

Organisers of this year’s Fifa Club World Cup have urged football fans to buy their tickets as soon as possible after early sales far exceeded expectations.

Tickets for the tournament, which takes place in the Emirates from December 6-16, have been available since the beginning of this month, first open only to Visa cardholders and then to the general public, from June 19.

With Spanish giants Real Madrid having confirmed their spot at the seven-team event by winning the Uefa Champions League on June 3, local organisers said the initial rush for tickets has been significantly greater than in 2009 and 2010, when Abu Dhabi last hosted the Club World Cup. Tickets start at Dh20.

“Until this point, the ticket sales have been perfect,” Aref Al Awani, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), said yesterday as the 2017 tournament's official mascot was launched. “For example, in 2010 the pre-sale was less than 1,000 tickets, but now we’ve sold up to 10,000. We are talking about a massive difference.

“Also, the total sales for Category 3 tickets are at almost 70 per cent, which is an impressive number, and within the next two weeks we will release a report so people can know what’s still available. But I advise everybody to choose their tickets very soon because they are going so quickly.

“As a pre-sale, 10,000 did exceed greatly our expectations. So that’s why we feel we have to put more effort into satisfying the needs and expectations of each fan coming to the matches.”

The UAE will host the tournament this December for a third time, with eight matches played across two stadiums: the capital’s Zayed Sports City and the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.

At present, Madrid, Mexico’s Pachuca and New Zealand’s Auckland City are confirmed, along with Arabian Gulf League champions Al Jazira, who provisionally fill the slot given to the host country. However, should Al Ain win the Asian Champions League - the Garden City club contest the quarter-finals later this summer - they will then take Jazira’s place.

With defending champions Madrid entering only at the semi-final stage, there is some concern that earlier matches may not be able to attract capacity attendances - a problem that affected the tournaments in 2009 and 2010. Yet Al Awani said the LOC are confident this year's event will not encounter the same issue.

“This time, on the guidance of Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the Higher LOC, we intended to initiate the campaign early, as you can see," Al Awani said. "We started having the roadshow one month ago and making the tickets available early. From our side, we’ve done our homework, we’ve prepared the ticketing in a very good way so it’s an easy process. I’m sure that most of the fans by maybe October will have their ticket. We’re hoping to have full houses for every matches.

"The Club World Cup is for everybody, not only the UAE but the region and the whole world to celebrate it.”​

jmcauley@thenational.ae

Updated: June 27, 2017 08:43 PM

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