At 00:01 today, Wednesday June 4th, 2014, FIFA released an extra 180,000 tickets for all 64 matches across the country.
These were returned tickets, tickets freed up by FIFA finally figuring out how many seats there were available in each stadium, (or something equally ridiculous), and selling tickets previously allocated for reduced mobility fans. I was online at midnight.
Unfortunately, apparently so was the rest of the world. I have been staring at the following screen, going slowly insane, for the past 98 minutes now:
This time four years ago, I had just arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, to learn of a similar last-minute release of tickets. Some new-found friends and I headed straight down to the ticket office at 2am, where we were number 632 in a queue of people, and spent over sixteen hours waiting to see if we were among the few dozen people for whom the computers didn’t crash nationwide.
We got lucky, on so many levels.
A few minutes before the bank was due to close, we stole the keyboard from the hopeless bank staff and bought up all the tickets that were available.
Another plus point: we didn’t die in the queue, like one local guy did a hundred metres or so in front of us.
I’m happy I’m safe and warm in my hostel, online, but it’s getting difficult to stay awake: 108 minutes and counting…