Tickets available for England’s World Cup clash with Sweden
A surge in demand has been reported as the Three Lions continue to advance.
Handfuls of tickets for England’s World Cup quarter-final with Sweden have gone on sale online.
Fans were able to get hold of the sought-after tickets on the official Fifa ticketing website for face value just two days before the national team’s most important game for game in 12 years.
Tickets in category one and category two, with a face value of 365 US dollars (£276) and 255 US dollars (£192) respectively, had medium availability.
And there were also a low number of category three tickets available for 175 US dollars (£132).
Once fans have a ticket, they can apply for a Fan ID for free through the Fan-id.ru website, which says they can use the electronic version alongside a passport to enter Russia before picking up a laminated card in the host city.
The Football Association said it had sold 1,608 tickets through its official England Supporters Travel Club.
And Fifa said some 90,000 tickets had been resold throughout the tournament so far, although it could not give a breakdown of which games and to which nations’ fans these went to.
Meanwhile, dozens of tickets were being traded online, through sites such as Viagogo.com, for more than face value.
Category three tickets on the site, which was the subject of a criminal complaint by Fifa before the tournament started, were being offered for £174.
It comes as interest in joining the Three Lions’ World Cup party picked up, with flight booking website Kiwi.com recording an 83% increase in bookings to Russia.
There has been a rise of 74% in flight bookings between London and Russia since the tournament began, as well as rises of 99%, 160% and 206% from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds, the website said.
Alison Couper, from Kiwi.com said: “The surge in traffic on Kiwi.com to Russia since England secured a place in the finals just goes to show the impact that the love of the game has on consumer flight choices.”