Asian Cup ticketing details disclosed for Bangkok

Tickets for the 2007 Asian Cup Group A games in Thailand will reportedly go on sale from 20 April at all Thai Ticketmaster branches. The Asian Football Confederation's top-flight competition is co-hosted by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam from 7-29 July and Group A features Thailand, Iraq, Oman and red-hot cup favourites, Australia. However the announcement was made today by The Nation newspaper without reference to the Asian Football Confederation or its marketing company, World Sport Group, neither of whom have disclosed the prestigious event's "licensed and authorised ticket vendors".

Earlier this month the AFC warned fans looking for Asian Cup tickets to beware of "certain unauthorized websites" which were "illegally selling tickets" for the AFC event despite the fact that "NONE of the AFC Asian Cup 2007 tickets for the four venues are yet available for sale." In comparison, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has already made registrations available for tickets for next year's final rounds of the UEFA European Championships being played in Austria and Switzerland between 7-29 July 2008.

Last week a representative of the Asian Football Confederation told Asian Football Business Review that an announcement about tickets for the eight venues in the four countries could not be made until sometime in April because ticketing systems and prices had to be aligned. Given the logistics of working with four football associations and eight venues and the huge interest in the event, this is understandable. However, The Nation disclosed that tickets for the group-stage are priced at Bt100, 200, 400 and 700, while the first Knock-out Round and the Quarter-Final to be played in Bangkok will be sold at Bt150, 250, 500 and 800.