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Ticket sales poor for 1st Test

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 28 May 2008 at 06:54
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More than half of the 30 000 tickets for next week’s rugby Test here between South Africa and Wales have not been sold.

Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that Piet de Necker, commercial manager of the Free State Rugby Union, said on Tuesday approximately 13 000 tickets for the match between the World Cup and Six Nations champions had been sold.

De Necker said people should seize the opportunity to see the match, the first of two internationals on successive Saturdays between South Africa and Wales.

However, unless there is a drastic improvement in sales, there will be a number of empty seats when the Springboks play in their first Test under new national coach Peter de Villiers.

Because of the construction work at the stadium, which is being refurbished for the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament, the main stand will not be used next week. This will limit the number of seats to 30 000.

The match will be only the second one in Bloemfontein between South Africa and Wales. When they last met here, the Springboks won 34-18.

The Welsh squad will leave for South Africa on Thursday and will remain in Cape Town until the day before the match.

Recurring back injury

The Springbok will do all their preparations in Bloemfontein next week. The first two practice sessions are likely to be held at Shimla Park. The rest will be at the Test venue, Vodacom Park.

The practice sessions are expected to be open to the public.

De Villiers and Welsh coach Warren Gatland have some tough decisions to make before they announce their starting lineups.

Springbok such as Fourie du Preez, Wikus van Heerden en Meyer Bosman have been ruled out with injuries.

Gatland’s team will arrive without regulars such as Martyn Williams, Lee Byrne, Gavin Henson, Mike Phillips, Dwayne Peel, Alix Popham and Huw Bennett, who all withdrew from the tour because of injuries.

To make things worse, scrumhalf Andy Williams has now also dropped out because of a recurring back injury.

Phillips and Peel were the first- and second-choice scrumhalves before they were injured. Now Gareth Cooper and Warren Fury are expected to be the halfbacks when the Welsh arrive in South Africa.


  • Once the squad is announced the ticket sales will pick up I am sure.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.05.08 07:16:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Because of the construction work at the stadium, which is being refurbished for the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament, the main stand will not be used next week. This will limit the number of seats to 30 000.

    Then why use it in the 1st place?

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.05.08 08:22:51 by Cru-El Reply
  • @Cru-El (Comment 2) :

    There was apparently an agreement under process between OFS and KZN and then OFS decided they wanted to host the game themselves.

    But 30k seating isn’t the problem though it is the fact that they can’t even fill that amount that is the problem.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.05.08 08:42:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.05.08 09:01:48 by PJLD Reply
  • Is it not the ticket pricing that is a problem?

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.05.08 09:42:07 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 5) :

    I thought so but can’t comment as i can’t find the prices anywhere. 😳

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.05.08 09:44:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • It’s Bloem & it’s a second rate side playing. 6 Nations champs of te not.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.05.08 09:47:57 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    It could be an important factor though.

    I believe that the reason they decided NOT to let the KZNRU host the test for them was because they wouldn’t get enough money out of the deal.

    Now on the flip side, I also believe that SARU require x amount of money from a union to host a test.


    Have they had to up the ticket prices to get a decent amount for themselves after having given SARU their dues?

    Either way i think there would have been a few more than 13k tickets sold if the match was in Durban.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.05.08 09:48:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Maybe the Free Staters are waiting to see PdeV’s final 30 before they part with their hard earned money.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.05.08 10:57:27 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    Would hope they are less fickle than that though. 🙁

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.05.08 11:05:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Check this site.

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/03/26/dig-deep-for-test-tickets/ 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.05.08 11:08:31 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 11) :

    I looked and thought I had posted the article and I couldn’t flippen find it this am 👿

    Thanks anyway 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.05.08 11:09:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    And I CHECKED the Springbok category as well 😳 😳

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.05.08 11:12:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Happy to help. It’s just the kind of person I am. 😛

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.05.08 11:12:10 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • All I did was google ‘bloemfontein test tickets’ and that was the top one. 😎

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.05.08 11:13:15 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :
    One would hope, but at R400.00 rand a ticket (Keo’s bloggers say so) and considering that this is Bloem where people will surely vote with their feet if they believe that the squad has been chosen on anything but merit.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.05.08 11:15:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 16) :

    At R400-00 a ticket I certainly think they have done exactly what i suggested they might have done in my Comment # 8.

    I think the tickets in Durban for the Aus test will be similarly priced to these tickets.

    Remember that this is R400-00 for a NON-grandstand ticket as the grandstand will be out of use.

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.05.08 11:20:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 15) :

    i searched the site thinking i had posted it. 😕 then thought NO I musta been dreaming………….

    Stupid idiot. 😕 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.05.08 11:23:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    KSA – on Superrugby they said R200 – R400..thats still a lot… 😐

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.05.08 11:26:16 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • I have to once again express my satisfaction at the way the Natal Rugby Union takes care of its season ticket holders. A season ticket that costs approx a grand will include your seat for an Bok v Aus Test match – cost approx. R400 at any other union on its own. 😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.05.08 11:29:08 by yossarian Reply

  • 30000 @ say 300 a pop is 9mil. What’s SARU’s cut?

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.05.08 11:31:04 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • mmmmm ….9 mil…. 😉 😉

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.05.08 11:32:31 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 19) :

    Here is the thread where it was originally announced.

    The price of tickets for the Test between the Springboks and Wales in Bloemfontein on June 7 have been announced by the Free State Rugby Union as well as the dates on which they can be purchased.

    The prices are: East stand: R400; South-east corner: R300; North-east corner: R300; North, behind the posts: R350; South, behind the posts: R350; Budget South: R200; Budget North: R200; Suites: R350.

    Season ticket holders will get a discount of R50 on their own ticket purchased (excluding budget tickets) but will have to pay the full price for additional tickets purchased.

    Suites tickets are R350 for the suite’s own compliment of tickets, but will cost the full price for any additional tickets.

    Tickets are available as follows: Season and suite holders: April 8-30; Public: May 5.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.05.08 11:33:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @yossarian (Comment 20) :

    I KNOW that feeling I have 4 season tickets 😎

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.05.08 11:34:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    Which you use HOW often…? 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.05.08 11:39:10 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • KSA
    At present the media is full of how difficult the next year is going to be financially. Food inflation is a reality, petrol prices rise on a monthly basis (no doubt to pay you and Kette your retainers) and life is just getting difficult – and consumers are being told to tighten the belt. If this is already being felt then Im sure it wont only be Bloem that manages to sell their tests – at those prices anyway.

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.05.08 11:39:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • manages in 26 should read battles.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.05.08 11:41:41 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Loftus test prices

    Tickets for South Africa vs Wales – 14 June 2008 on sale now!
    East Pavilion: R 350
    North and South Pavilion: R 250

    All season tickets are valid for the test against Wales, except the red season tickets

    They seem to not be selling any for their grand Stand which is the West Pavilion

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.05.08 11:46:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Sharks season tickets are the best value around. You also get Sibaya casino vouchers, which if you use wisely can pay for your season ticket itself. For the past 4 seasons my Dad has effectively not paid for his season ticket. Then you also receive a subscription to Sharks mag and lots of other benefits!

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.05.08 12:24:00 by Villie Reply
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  • “Let your season tickets at the Sharks Tank pay for themselves”
    Lecture and brochure available @ R100.00 with practical training at the Sibiya Casino (extra R50.00), brought to you by Villies Dad.

    Sharks Tank season tickets sure do seem to be value for money.

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.05.08 12:58:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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