Fifa Confederations Cup venue ticketing centres opened in Russia yesterday (Wednesday) as the last-minute sales phase for this summer’s tournament began.
Fans will now be able to buy tickets over the counter in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi, with a centre to open in Kazan at a later date. All Confederations Cup matches still have tickets available, with poor sales having been reported.
A total of 695,000 tickets have been made available for the tournament, which kicks off on June 17, with the second phase of ticket sales underway.
Tickets can still be bought online at fifa.com/tickets, although any tickets purchased after April 19 must be picked up from one of the ticketing centres.
The last-minute sales phase will officially close on July 2, with tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Confederations Cup, which features eight teams, including the host, 2014 Fifa World Cup winner Germany and Uefa Euro 2016 champion Portugal, is used as an opportunity to test facilities and systems ahead of the World Cup, which will be held in Russia next year.
Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is overseeing preparations for the tournament in June and the World Cup next year, was in attendance at the official opening of the Fifa venue ticketing centre in Moscow. During the ceremony, the Fifa Confederations Cup ticket design was also unveiled.
Mutko recently said that during the first phase of sales, the 211,475 tickets purchased so far were below expectations.
Earlier in the year during the first round of ticket sales, the organisers admitted that the demand for tickets from overseas was “low,” with the majority of sales coming from Russian fans so far.
The Confederations Cup will take place in Kazan, Moscow, Sochi and Saint Petersburg from June 17 to July 2. It will feature Russia, Australia, Chile, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand and Portugal and Cameroon.