Australian Fans Make Their Own Splash at the 12th FINA World Championships
More than 16,500 tickets were sold in the first two hours alone as Australians battled to get one of the hottest tickets for 2007 in their hands. By 3pm that figure had increased to almost 19,000 tickets sold.
Obviously, the biggest draw card has been the Swimming events, in particular the finals, which will see our World Champions up against the best from an expected 175 nations including the USA, Germany, France and China.
There has also been very strong interest in the other three disciplines that tickets are available for, in particular the Diving and Water Polo finals.
The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Justin Madden said the demand for tickets was pleasing, however he reminded sports fans there was a large number of tickets still available for purchase to all sessions.
“Once again, the people of Melbourne have demonstrated their appetite for world class sporting events by not wasting any time to buy tickets to the World Championships.”
“With the best in the world competing at the Championships next March, we always expected a strong response to tickets going on sale, but the good news is there are still fantastic seats available for every session across the 15-day Championships,” Mr Madden said.
The McDonald family from Nunawading lined up early and purchased their tickets for next March.
They were presented with their tickets from Australian superstar Grant Hackett on the steps of Rod Laver Arena – the home of Swimming during the Championships.
“Being able to swim in front of a home grown will really bring out the best in the Australian athletes. We want all the venues to be packed with the green and gold,” Hackett said.
“The atmosphere at Rod Laver Arena with in excess of 11,000 screaming fans will spur on everyone to break world records.”
The World and Olympic Champion will spearhead the Australian Swim Team along with other big names including Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim, Libby Lenton, Leisel Jones, Jodie Henry and Jessicah Schipper.
Swimming is one of five disciplines on offer at the 12th FINA World Championships – along with Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming.
The Swimming and Synchronised Swimming will be held at Rod Laver Arena, the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre will host the Water polo and Diving and the Open Water Swimming will be a free public event held at St.Kilda beach.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased via the Ticketek website (ticketek.com.au), a dedicated phone line (1300 136 494) and Ticketek retail outlets. For further information log onto melbourne2007.com.au.
Partners of the 12th FINA World Championships are Yakult, AstralPool, Omega, Speedo and ANZ.