Fifa and the UAE FA are encouraging fans to act quickly in order to secure their seats and avoid disappointment when this prestigious event comes to the UAE for the first time in December.
The official release of tickets took place at Emirates Palace and was attended by Chuck Blazer, Member of the Fifa Executive Committee and Chairman of the Fifa Club World Cup Organizing Committee, along with His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mahmood, Abu Dhabi Sports Council General Secretary and Yousuf Abdullah, UAE FA General Secretary.
Commenting on the event, His Excellency Mohammed Khalfan Al-Rumaithi, UAE FA President, said:
‘The new world champion of club football will be crowned in Abu Dhabi in December and this is a unique opportunity for the people of the UAE to be part of a historic international event. Some of the biggest names in football will be playing right here in our backyard for the very first time.’
The final match schedule will not be known until November when the respective Asian and African Champions’ League winners are known, but already there is a great deal of interest for tickets.
The opening match will pit the UAE’s Al Ahli FCD against Oceania Champions’ League winners Auckland City, whilst the semi finals will feature FC Barcelona and Argentinean side Estudiantes de la Plata, captained by Juan Sebastian Veron.
Chuck Blazer said: ‘This competition goes from strength to strength every year. I remember Sir Alex Ferguson saying last year that whatever the club goes on to achieve in the future, people will always be able to look back at the records and see that in 2008, Manchester United were the champions of world club football.’
‘I know that people in the UAE are very passionate about their football and with extensive refurbishments of both stadiums having been made, I am sure fans will enjoy a fantastic tournament.’
To ensure the Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2009 is an event that can be attended and enjoyed by everyone, dedicated Female-only and Family Stands will be established at both stadiums.
Off the pitch, spectators will also be able to enjoy a Football Fan Zone which will include a range of entertainment activities for the whole family as well as merchandise stores and food and beverage outlets. The Fan Zone will open two hours before every match.
The public will be required to purchase tickets in advance and all ticket holders will be assigned specific seats in line with FIFA competition requirements.
“This is an international event that will attract large crowds and as such we are adopting a different process to how local football events have been run traditionally. Therefore it is critical that fans understand how to secure their seats. Buying tickets now means you can ensure you are sitting with friends and family and that you won’t miss any of the action,” said H.E Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, UAE FA President.
At the time of ticket purchase, customers will be allocated a seat in their requested price category and will be able to view the zone in the stadium where they will be seated. All customers who purchase tickets online or by phone will receive a confirmation email or text message.
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