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Tournament heading for sell-out

Rugby World Cup sets new ticket sales record

Rugby World CupThe Rugby World Cup has hit a new record with almost all the 2.45 million tickets – 94% of the total – already sold.

This beats the 2.25m sold for the tournament in France eight years ago.

Opening at the end of the week it is also the most expensive sporting event ever. The average cost of a ticket for the event is more than £100 while an average priced ticket to watch the hosts England costs £167.50.

The organisers set a target of selling out. Tickets were still on sale for 32 of the 48 matches, mainly in the higher-price categories. There were none available for the quarter-­final, semi-final or final.

There were five million applications for the initial 950,000 tickets that went on sale last September. This was also a record.

A consequence of the high demand is that some websites and other sellers have been able to charge sky-high prices running well into four-figures. Some tickets for the final have been listed at 44 times face value.

Prices for hospitality include a £557,820 package for th Webb Ellis Suite, which entitles 30 people access to Section A seating at Twickenham, pre and post-match hospitality and exclusive use of a private suite.

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