Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slow Sales for Over-Priced Rugby World Cup Tickets

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Slow Sales for Over-Priced Rugby World Cup Tickets

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Byline: UNION TRY TIME Rugby talk with MARK SMITH

NEARLY a week after the much-heralded release of tickets for next year's Rugby World Cup, none of the three matches being held in Newcastle are in high demand.

One game, arguably the pick of the lot, is even listed by the official tournament website as "low demand", that being the October 10 meeting between Samoa and Scotland.

The cheapest adult ticket for any of the three scheduled St James' Park encounters comes in at an eye-watering PS50, and remember to bring your binoculars if you want to see any of the action at that price from behind the posts and in the gods.

A reasonable seat will set you back something between PS75 and PS175 per person, and the Geordie public seem to be taking a bit of convincing.

Sure, the lure of the world-champion All Blacks on October 9 has that once-ina-lifetime edge to it, but a group-stage outing against Tonga will realistically produce a landslide scoreline.

Scotland against South Africa gets things going on October 3, and two adult tickets in the second-worst viewing area will set you back PS175 once you factor in the PS5 postage.

It is also worth double-checking your seats before clicking your mouse, with the St James' Park ticket map throwing up a couple of notable surprises.

Firstly, the infamous level seven sees prices as high as the seats themselves, with top-band PS175 tickets covering all but the very corners of that stretch.

For less than a third of that price you can sit in the front rows behind the posts or up either wing of the Gallowgate End, and the PS85 bracket could bag you a seat in any of the four corners.

Even the PS125 tickets for the South Africa v Scotland game don't get you in the middle third of the field on either side. The willingness of the North East sporting public to stump up for entry into sporting events has long been taken as a given, and I was among the many shelling out PS80 for a day's cricket at Chester-le-Street when the Ashes came to Co Durham last year - not to mention PS4 a pint. …

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