80 per cent of Rugby World Cup tickets sold with 100 days to go
Eighty per cent of the 1.8 million tickets available for this year’s Rugby World Cup have been sold, with 100 days to go until the start of the tournament, World Rugby, the sport’s international governing body, has said.
World Rugby said: “A record 400,000 international visitors are anticipated to arrive in Japan between September and November, while more than 100,000 tickets have been purchased through Official Travel Agents – surpassing the total sold for England 2015.”
The tournament in Japan, the first to be held in Asia and the first to take place outside the traditional rugby nations of the northern and southern hemispheres, has created “unprecedented demand from fans in more than 170 nations,” World Rugby said, while the governing body’s ‘Impact Beyond’ legacy programme has attracted 1.16 million new rugby participants in Asia.
Meanwhile, the #RWC2019 Trophy Tour has travelled 200,000 miles through 19 countries and is said to have “inspired more than 80,000 people.”
Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s president, said: “With 100 days to go I am confident that Japan 2019 will be a game changer on every metric – the most socially and economically impactful, the most transformational, the most-viewed and engaged and, we believe, the most competitive Rugby World Cup to date.
“Rugby World Cup is about bringing people together to celebrate rugby, its values and to have fun and I am predicting a truly spectacular event on every level. It has been wonderful to see this event fully embraced by the people of Japan from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the south.”
Akira Shimazu, chief executive of the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 organising committee, said: “Excitement is building throughout Japan as we count down the final 100 days to go before kick-off on September 20th. The Webb Ellis Cup is here in Japan, our Host Cities are ready, our stadiums are in immaculate condition and our 20 teams are itching to take the field. I speak on behalf of all Japan, a 127-million strong welcoming committee, when I say that we are ready to welcome the world to Japan, and ready to host a truly memorable and once in a lifetime Rugby World Cup.”
The tournament will be played across 12 host cities between 20 September and 2 November.