World football governing body FIFA on Friday presented the 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket design in a press release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com.
“All key match-related information, such as the fixture, stadium, date, kick-off and gate opening time, is printed on each ticket,” FIFA explained.
“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.
“Each ticket also has details on the category, information on how to find the assigned seat as well as a map indicating the stadium sector in which the seat is located.
“A list of prohibited items and an abridged version of the General Terms and Conditions for the Use of Tickets applicable to all ticket holders are printed on the rear of each ticket, which itself is a revocable licence granting access to the stadium.”
According to FIFA, 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 personalised, meaning that the name of the ticket holder will be printed on it. Provided the persons entering the stadium have a valid ticket and their FAN ID and have been duly registered by the ticket purchaser at FIFA.com/tickets, access to the stadium will be granted.
FIFA then explained the process to gain access into matvh venues.
“Fans will undergo the following checks upon arrival at the stadium:
External stadium perimeter: fans will be requested to present their FAN IDs and tickets.
Entrance to the stadium: electronic ticket validation will be implemented through a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, which will identify cancelled or counterfeit tickets that will not give access to the respective match,” the body explained.
Ticket applicants will be able to transfer guest tickets or resell tickets within their ticketing accounts from 18 April 2018, FIFA added. Transfer and resale requests will be considered in accordance with the Ticket Transfer and Resale Policy.
FIFA then warned fans about measures put in place to ensure only genuine fans gain access into match venues.
“At the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a FAN ID – the official identity document issued to fans,” FIFA stated.
“Fans are encouraged to apply for this free document as soon as possible after they have received their ticket confirmation email.
“A FAN ID and a valid ticket are required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Having a FAN ID gives fans additional benefits and services provided by the host country, such as visa-free entry to the Russian Federation.”
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Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.