MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. The world’s governing football body, FIFA, presented on Friday the design of tickets for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off this summer in 11 cities across Russia.
"With 69 days to go until the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has today presented the 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket design," the FIFA said in its statement. "The tickets feature key security elements including a barcode positioned on the right-hand side and a hologram next to the sector map."
"Tickets will be personalized, meaning that the name of the ticket holder will be printed on it," the statement said. "Provided the persons entering the stadium have a valid ticket and their Fan ID and have been duly registered by the ticket purchaser (at the official FIFA website web source), access to the stadium will be granted."
"All key match-related information, such as the fixture, stadium, date, kick-off and gate opening time, is printed on each ticket," according to the statement. "Fans are reminded that gates will open three hours ahead of each game, with the exception of the opening match and the final, for which gates will open four hours prior to kick-off."
FIFA announced earlier in the week that up to 1.7 million tickets had been allocated both to domestic and international football fans after the closure of the second period of Phase 2 of ticket sales on April 3 for the world championship "with the overall international demand accounting for 53%".
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.