Official Rugby World Cup 2011 Tickets – Tonga v New Zealand, originally uploaded by LanceWiggs.
I’m seeing a rising sense of excitement for the World Cup – in spite of, it seems, the sponsors best efforts. The streets of Auckland are busier, cars and people are increasingly decked out in team colors and businesses are looking their best.
However the ticket prices leave a lot to be desired. The opening ceremony and game, which is a projected walkover between the All Blacks and Tonga, costs as above. Since nobody really wants to go to a match alone, the overall cost for a couple or family is extraordinary. There are 48 games in this competition, 15, including the 3 biggest, are in Auckland.
If the stadiums are not full we all will know why. If they are full then I hope the rich corporate types that bought or got comped tickets know how to yell loudly.