FIFA World Cup 2018: India 3rd highest ticket buyer among non-participating nations

FIFA World Cup 2018: India 3rd highest ticket buyer among non-participating nations - InsideSport

Sony Picture Network’s FIFA World Cup broadcast campaign “Meeri Doosri Country” is well defining Indian football lovers craze for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. The Indian football fan are third highest buyers for the FIFA World Cup 2018 tickets among the non-participating nations.

True that Sunil Chhetri-led Indian football team in spite of its new-found success is still far from a FIFA World Cup berth. But that does not lessen the frenzy for the quadrennial “Mahakumbh” of football. The Indian football lovers are not backing from splurging for the Russia tour this summer.

In terms of tickets bought for a nation who has not qualified for FIFA World Cup 2018, India stands third after the US and China, national daily Times of India has reported. The Indian football fans are leaving no stone unturned to watch the global football icons in action with their bewildering and predatory skills.

Even when the majority of Indians will be happy watching their favourite stars in action on the TV screens across Sony Pictures Network channels while supporting their “Doosri Country” during the month-long gala, some of the die-hard football fans are already gearing up to capture the essence and grandeur of the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

“International fans have been allocated 54% of the tickets. We can confirm that 17,962 tickets have been allocated to Indian fans. India is in the top-20 in terms of tickets sold. The sales are ongoing,” FIFA has said according to a report by Times of India.

In terms of fans from countries who have not qualified for FIFA World Cup, India stands at the third spot. While the US is leading the charts with 86,710 tickets, China comes second with 39,884 tickets and Indian football fans are at the third spot with 17,962 tickets to them so far.

While it feels obvious that the host nation will have the maximum number of fans in the stadium for FIFA World Cup. Russia is leading the ticket sales count at 872,578. Surprisingly, football fans from the USA are second on the list to buy tickets. There count is 86,710 tickets next to Russia.

As per FIFA officials, Indians were among the top 10 buyers when tickets sales started last year. Meanwhile, when the last-minute sales phase started on April 18 Indian fans bought 1,905 tickets in the first 24 hours itself.

The fact also gets weightage from the recent study by Ixigo this month. According to the India-based online travel marketplace portal, Russia has recorded a 23% month-on-month increase in flight searches from India for the tournament period. The data from the travel company reveals that 48% Indians, travelling during the tournament, are planning to travel solo, followed by 16% with families and 12% as couples.

The study has further revealed that Indians are opting to stay for a duration of 8.5-10 days to watch the high octane matches and visit nearby places for site-seeing. Around 73% travellers are planning to travel for the opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final, followed by 16% and 4% to St. Petersburg and Rostow respectively, the data further reveals.

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