Cheapest All Blacks World Cup seats now $194

By Michael Dickison

Last week just over 900,000 of 1.6 million total tickets had been sold. Photo / Richard Robinson
Last week just over 900,000 of 1.6 million total tickets had been sold. Photo / Richard Robinson

The cheapest All Blacks tickets available for the Rugby World Cup are now $194 each - unless they make it only to the Bronze Finals where, as a consolation, there will be cheap seats costing only half as much.

All tournament tickets went on sale this week, and after two days, seats priced at $41 or less for all teams, except the home side, can still be bought.

There are no seats left for the New Zealand-France pool match at Eden Park on September 24 and the Bronze and Grand Finals.

Three other matches are down to their last seating category: New Zealand-Tonga at Eden Park on opening night, September 9, South Africa-Samoa at North Harbour Stadium, and France-Canada in Napier have only the most expensive seats left.

Tournament organisers yesterday declined to reveal how sales had progressed, but their latest update last week showed that just over 900,000 of 1.6 million total tickets had been sold, reaching 67 per cent of their 1.35 million target.

They hope to recoup $268 million from ticket sales for an operating loss of $39 million, two-thirds of which will be covered by taxpayers.

Tickets for all quarter-final and semifinal matches are still available, and only one semifinal seating category - the temporary stands at Eden Park - was fully sold yesterday.

Based on International Rugby Board rankings, the All Blacks are likely to appear in the fourth quarter-final, on Sunday, October 9, at Eden Park, and the second semifinal on October 16.

The cheapest chance to see the All Blacks at the World Cup now would come if they were to lose their semi-final match - which would allow punters to watch them from Bronze Final seats costing $97.

For pool play, cheap All Blacks seats have been booked out, and remaining tickets cost $194 and more.

But plenty of bargains remain. Last night, North Harbour Stadium had $41 seats to Japan-France and South Africa-Namibia, and $31 tickets were available around the country.

Wellington had $41 tickets to an Australian game, a Friday night fixture against the United States.

Invercargill is yet to book out any seating area, and New Plymouth, Rotorua, Palmerston North and North Harbour Stadium are not far behind.

Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor told media he was unsure if people would visit Palmerston North for the city's two matches.

"Obviously, we'd love people to come for the games but we recognise the teams coming won't have a large contingent [of supporters]."

Palmerston North will host Georgia-Argentina and Georgia-Romania, the latter on a Wednesday.

In the last full update, Rotorua had filled only 18 per cent of its capacity. Overall, 137 of 181 seating categories still had tickets for sale yesterday.

- NZ Herald

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