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.
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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