World Rugby has said that an increased ticket capacity for its 2015 Rugby World Cup could result in the biggest edition of the national team event to date.
Ticket capacity for the tournament has today (Thursday) been increased from an initial allocation to a new total of 2.45 million following the completion of venue configuration across the 13 stadiums that will host matches. Organisers have already sold more than 2.15 million tickets for the tournament, which will take place in England and Wales from September 18 to October 31.
World Rugby, the global governing body for rugby union, has said a further 100,000 tickets for all 48 matches will go on sale from July 27. The additional tickets are a mixture of extra seats from the completion of venue configuration, handbacks from the Rugby World Cup Limited commercial programme, as well as tickets that have been registered for resale from fans unable to use them.
World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said that as a result of the increased capacity, England 2015 looks set to break previous attendance records and become the largest-ever Rugby World Cup.
“England 2015 is on track to be the biggest Rugby World Cup ever and with ticket demand continuing to grow we are confident that it will be a truly special, unmissable and record-breaking global celebration of rugby,” Lapasset said. “I have no doubt that England 2015 will reach out and inspire new audiences in the host nation and around the globe in a way no other Rugby World Cup has done.”
Stephen Brown, managing director of the England Rugby 2015 local organising committee, added: “Selling 2.15 million tickets puts us firmly on track to be one of the best attended tournaments to date and we are really pleased with sales so far.
“We have worked hard to ensure that we have as many seats for fans as possible and are pleased to confirm the increased ticket capacity of 2.45 million across the tournament now that our venue configurations are complete.”