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Tickets Will Be Outrageously Cheap If Ireland’s World Cup Bid Is Successful

REPRO FREE***PRESS RELEASE NO REPRODUCTION FEE*** IRFU Rugby World Cup 2023 Bid Submission, Dublin 1/6/2017 Ireland's team bidding to host Rugby World Cup 2023 (RWC) has submitted its formal bid document (Candidature File), promising a "tournament like no other, full of Irish spirit, that will capture the imagination of the world and help to drive Rugby's global momentum.” The Candidature File is a massively detailed document in which the Irish bid team chronicles Ireland's outstanding attributes as a host for the Rugby World Cup in 2023, including all the key Government commitments required by World Rugby. The 990-page document sets out the plans that will deliver unprecedented commercial success and help unlock and engage new audiences for Rugby, including through the infrastructure of the worldwide Irish Diaspora. The Candidature File, was submitted to World Rugby headquarters by a delegation led by 'BID KID' Alex Place*, from Co. Antrim. The 11 year old was one of 120 children, carrying flags to represent every Rugby playing nation of the world, who joined with Dick Spring, Chairman of Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Stephen Hilditch, President, Irish Rugby Football Union, Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brian O'Driscoll, Bid Ambassador, Joe Schmidt Ireland Head Coach as well as members of all the Irish international Rugby Teams to hand deliver the landmark document. Pictured is Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland 2023 Ambassador) and Shane Ross (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport) Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ireland is currently competing with South Africa and France for the opportunity to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross took questions from the Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday on the finer details of the event and gave a very exciting answer when asked about ticket pricing. As quoted by The Independent, Ross said:

“Let’s be quite straight about it. It’s meant to make a profit. This is not intended to run at a loss for anybody. I’m not going to reveal any detailed figures but some of the tickets will be as low as 20 euro.”

While the tickets he’s referring to may only get you into Tonga’s clash with Namibia in McHale Park or America’s meeting with Fiji in Fitzgerald Stadium, the news that taking in some of the action will be so affordable will be music to fans’ ears. The Minister also confirmed all of Ireland’s games will be broadcast free to air.

The tournament will take place in September and October with 20 teams playing out 48 games over about a 50-day period.

Dublin , Ireland - 1 June 2017; In attendance at the hand in of the IRFU Rugby bid submission for the 2023 Rugby World Cup are, from left, Bid ambassador Brian ODriscoll, Brett Gosper, CEO, World Rugby, bid Kid Alex Place, Alan Gilpin, Head of Rugby World Cup, Ireland 2023 Oversight Board member Dick Spring, and Sports Minister Shane Ross T.D. Dublin, Ireland. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ross later spoke on the possibility of the Olympic Games coming to these shores in the future. Ireland previously held the Special Olympics back in 2003.

“We’re now thinking in these terms and it’s really very, very exciting. Let’s think about the Olympics, sure.

“Now it’s a real, realistic prospect if we build up these stadiums and we are a credible bidder, which we obviously are, and if we win this bid I think the sky’s the limit. “

The winning bid for 2023 will be revealed by World Rugby on November 15 having seen presentations from the three contenders in late September.

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