“Going to the stadium and drinking beer with friends”: that is the “tremendous hope” that Claude Accher holds today. The President of GIP France 2023, responsible for organizing the next Rugby World Cup in France, began on Thursday 4 March the first ticket sales for what he hopes will be “the first truly international event in France after the crisis.”
The fixture schedule was revealed on February 26, with the opening poster for France vs New Zealand at the Stade de France on September 8, 2023, and the final at the same stadium on October 21. Matches are also scheduled in eight other stadiums (Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes, Lyon, Saint-Etienne and Nice).
Now a place to buy tickets. These are the first packages for multiple matches of the same team or in the same city. Unit sales will begin in September 2022, one year before France – All Blacks begins. Here’s what you need to know.
First sales on March 15th for “Family 2023”. You can now register for free on the Rugby World Cup website to be a part of ‘Family 2023’. Only those members, registered before March 13th, will be able to take advantage of the first ticket sales on March 15th from 12 noon, on the official tickets website. rugbyworldcup.com. Attention, it will be necessary to have a MasterCard payment card, the event partner. Otherwise, it will be March 18. The date when tickets including travel and accommodation will also go on sale, via the network of partner travel agencies on the Rugby World Cup website. For the rest of the audience, ticket package sales are scheduled to open on April 6.
City packages start from €58 for three matches. About 80% of the French live less than two hours from one of the nine stadiums. If you want to attend matches in your city, you can choose the city package. Pricing starts at €58 for three matches in Toulouse, including the All Blacks match. You can also order more expensive packages of four or five matches in the same stadium, for example five matches in Bordeaux from 120 euros. These are team matches only. Prices are divided into four categories according to the type of seats. Please note, if you choose the City package at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, the France – All Blacks opener will not be included.
‘Team’ packages start at €135 for four matches. This is the formula for fans who want to follow all the group matches of their favorite team. Either the four group matches, and as a quarter-final option (if the team is ineligible, the place is returned). Here, too, prices vary by category. To follow France’s four matches in the group, including the opening match, it will cost you €260 (€340 with the option of the quarter-finals) in Category 4 (€1355 or €1685 in Category One). Thus, at the moment the only way to buy a ticket for the opening match is to buy the France or New Zealand team package. There are twelve team packs for sale, with each of the 12 countries already qualified.
About 2.6 million tickets are on sale. This is the total number of tickets for sale in France 2023. Organizers hope to sell at least 90%, or 330 million euros of revenue. Profits will be donated to Rugby Development. The first phase of sales, which begins on March 15, aims to market about 25% of tickets. Claude Atcher recalls: “The forecast can evolve according to the enthusiasm, we are still more than two years since the event.”