Black market booming for World Cup final tickets
Tickets selling for up to £4,000 each
Tokyo — Rugby fans hoping to make a last-minute dash to Saturday’s World Cup final between England and SA in Japan are being quoted £800-£4,000 per ticket by touts and secondary sales websites.
The face value of the cheapest category D tickets is about £180, but several are available on ticket sites for just over four times that value. Top-level category A tickets, which cost £720 when originally sold via the official Rugby World Cup site, are on sale from just under £2,000 to as much as £4,000.
On the streets of Tokyo and Yokohama at the weekend, several English touts who operate at many of the world’s major sporting events were offering £2,000 per ticket even before the Springboks beat Wales to reach the final.
Saturday will mark the first appearance in the final for both SA and England since they played each other in the 2007 decider in Paris, won by the Springboks.
Throughout the 2019 tournament, Rugby World Cup organisers have said fans with tickets purchased from unofficial sellers would be turned away at stadiums, though there have been few reports of such incidents.
Ticket sites such as Viagogo and Stubhub said they offer refunds to fans whose tickets are rejected at the gate. A Viagogo spokesperson told Britain’s Guardian newspaper: “Rather than ripping people off this is the market working perfectly.”