SA Rugby has confirmed that there is still an opportunity to register for the British & Irish Lions Tests against the Springboks amid high interest in tickets.
There’s just one week to go and South African rugby fans are urged to get into the virtual queue for tickets to the British & Irish Lions tour in 2021, before the ballot closes at midnight next Wednesday (16 September).
Interest in the three Tests – at FNB Stadium, Cape Town Stadium and Ellis Park – is extremely high after the first week of the ticket ballot, while the encounters with the three franchise teams and the two invitational sides are also attracting strong interest.
Those who have not yet registered can still do so at www.lionstour2021.co.za.
Tickets for the five non-Tests start from as little as R100 to see the Lions in action – against the SA Invitational team in Port Elizabeth and against SA A at Mbombela Stadium – while the matches against the Bulls, Sharks and Stormers start at R250.
UK reports this week suggested that the Tests at the Cape Town Stadium and Ellis Park ‘had been sold out within a day of the sales being opened.’
However, SA Rugby strongly dismissed these reports, urging supporters to go to the official Lions tour site to ensure they are getting the correct information.
‘Test tickets are more expensive, but for as little as R100 to R250 supporters in Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town can see the best of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland in action against their local heroes,’ SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said.
‘We have ensured that there are more tickets available for our home fans than visitors from overseas as we want the Sea of Green to swamp the Red Tide.
‘With over 70,000 South Africans registering for the tour, and in excess of 210,000 tickets already balloted for, chances are good that the “sold out” signs will go up when the ballot closes next Wednesday.
‘But this is a ballot and even though the interest may be higher than the demand for tickets at some matches, it doesn’t mean those encounters are sold out – anyone can still register, ballot and get tickets,’ Roux added.
The ticket ballot opened last Wednesday with supporters permitted to register for eight tickets for each of the eight matches.
Applications will close at 23:59pm (SA time) on Wednesday, 16 September. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of the month.
Would-be buyers should note that tickets will not be available at match venues, through provincial unions or at the usual retail outlets. If anyone answers an online advertisement for tickets, they are in danger of being defrauded, exploited and left ticketless.
The ticket ballot process is as follows:
- The ballot opened on Wednesday, 2 September at 10am at www.lionstour2021.co.za;
- South African residents will be able to select tickets for all eight matches (to a maximum of eight tickets per match);
- Ballot closes on Wednesday, 16 September at 23:59pm;
- The draw will take place through a computerised selection process;
- All registered users will be advised by email whether they have been successful or not before the end of September;
- Payment will automatically take place on the credit card used for submitting your ballot application if you are successful and;
- Seat allocation and tickets dispatch (courier or electronic) will take place in the second quarter of 2021.
Hospitality packages are available for all matches – ranging in price from R2,495 (excl. VAT) for a midweek game to R8,995 (excl. VAT) for a Test match. Those interested should email: [email protected].
Similarly, tickets can be accessed as part of a tour travel package by contacting SA Rugby Travel on [email protected] or 021 525 2515.
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