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Qatar, USA, Saudi Arabia top purchasing nations as nearly 3m WC tickets sold

2.89m tickets sold, alongside 240,000 hospitality packages, informed Fifa

Update : 17 Oct 2022, 10:02 PM

Ticket sales for the football World Cup are approaching the three-million mark ahead of the tournament kicking off in Qatar on Nov. 20, Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino and event organizers said Monday.

The top three purchasing countries of the 2.89m tickets sold are Qatar, the United States and Saudi Arabia, World Cup Chief Operating Officer Colin Smith told a news conference in Doha.

Infantino, addressing the conference in a recorded video, said 240,000 hospitality packages had been sold for the month-long tournament, the first to be held in a Middle Eastern country.

Qatar, the smallest country to have hosted football’s global showpiece tournament, is preparing to receive an estimated 1.2m visitors during the World Cup.

Thousands of fans are expected to stay in neighboring countries like tourism hub the United Arab Emirates and fly in to Doha for matches due to limited accommodation in Qatar.

The director general of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, Yasir Al Jamal, told the news conference that 2m room nights have been sold and that Qatar has added an additional 30,000 rooms to accommodate last-minute ticket sales.

Many hotel rooms in Doha will be occupied by football teams, their support staff and World Cup officials.

Japan will be the first team to arrive for the tournament on Nov. 7, Smith said.

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