The World Cup is drawing near – so near that the ticket scramble has begun. According to a Miami Herald report, more than two-thirds of the matches for the World Cup are already sold out. They also report that the matches with the least demand are Nigeria–Bosnia; Greece–Ivory Coast; and France–Honduras. What about Uruguay? The England-Uruguay match is sold out, in fact all matches involving England were sold out and to further compound the issue, all matches taking place in Sao Paulo are sold out. Uruguay–Italy is also close to being sold out. Which means the only match still available is Uruguay–Costa Rica in Fortaleza.
If you already got your tickets – well good for you… how does it feel to be so special? Truth be told though, attending a World Cup is something special which all of us must do at least once in our lifetime… well probably a Champions League match as well but a World Cup is special indeed.
I remember the only World Cup I attended, the 1994 World Cup which was held in my backyard… Anywhere USA. The ticket sales was different back then, so when Me and Me Pop bought tickets, we wanted to see Argentina’s matches which were to be played in Massachusetts which is about 3 and 1/2 hours from New York but we got stuck with 3 matches for Detroit instead. Yes, Detroit. Bankrupt Detroit, and back then it was probably worse than it is today. So off we went to the watch the World Cup at the Pontiac Silverdome. We saw Romania – Switzerland; Sweden – Russia; and Brazil – Sweden. Right away we saw the speed the World Cup tournament was nothing we had ever seen before; and this you cannot appreciate from television. The crowd atmosphere is also something television doesn’t really do justice.
We were then able to snag tickets for the quarterfinal between Bulgaria and Germany which was played at the Old Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Stoichkov’s free kick is still a thing of beauty twenty years later.
From what we’ve seen since the Confederations Tournament, this World Cup will probably be a little chaotic. They say though that Brazil knows how to throw a party so maybe worrying at all won’t really matter when the tournament kicks off.
Now if you’re like me and have no intention of attending this World Cup, you should be fine. Television will be there to guide you through the madness.