The upcoming Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has sold 350,000 tickets, with International Rugby League chair Troy Grant calling the figure “great”.
In an interview with Insidethegames, Grant said: “Cost of living increases means late minute ticket-buying will be a likely outcome, so we’re optimistic targets are being met.”
The tournament is set to kick off in England this weekend.
Organisers revealed the tournament had surpassed the 350,000 sales mark recently, with the opening match between England and Samoa at St James’ Park now two-thirds sold out.
England’s men’s group game against France at University of Bolton Stadium has under 5,000 tickets remaining, while England’s women’s opening match at Headingley Stadium in Leeds has sold almost 10,000 tickets. The opening women’s game is set to welcome a record-breaking crowd.
Wheelchair tournament tickets at The Copper Box Arena in London are also limited, while Manchester Central has under 1,000 tickets available for the Wheelchair Final on November 19.
Adults can still secure a spot for under £25 ($28/€29) for 57 of the 61 matches set to take place. Tickets first went on sale for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in 2020 with 80% of tickets priced at £50 or less.
RLWC2021 revenue director Mick Hogan said: “Things are now shaping up with ticket sales really increasing and lots of excitement around the nations revealing the superstars coming to England this Autumn. Lots of categories are now in limited supply, so we’d encourage fans to act quickly to ensure they don’t miss out as we’re likely to see further games selling out in advance of the opening day.”