Ticket Sales Going Strong in FIFA Under-17 World Cup: Organisers 

Almost all tickets in Guwahati, Kochi and Kolkata have been sold out for the Under-17 World Cup.

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A man walks away after buying his tickets for the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Salt Lake in Kolkata

Six venues across India will host a total of 52 matches as the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup gets underway on Friday. New Delhi and Mumbai are the two centres who open the tournament on the first day, with fixtures at both 5pm and 8pm.

This is the first time India is hosting a FIFA tournament, and also the first time ever that an Indian team is playing in any FIFA World Cup.

With so much history being created at the first kick-off on Friday, there also bound to be retractors finding niggles in the organisation of the event.

Like the problem a certain media outlet had with the organisers inviting 27,000 school children to the stadium to watch the match free of cost. The paper claimed that due to the lack of turnout at ticket selling booths, the Government of India and Local Organising Committee (LOC) had decided to give out the tickets to students.

However, speaking to The Quint, an LOC member clarified the organisers stance.

An under-17 World Cup is meant for the kids. This is being organised for the youth. Young children who may watch the matches and then choose to pursue the sport. If we cannot manage to enthuse the kids, for us, the World Cup would have failed. This event is not about hosting 23 teams and get over with it. It has been organised to encourage young kids.
LOC member to The Quint

The LOC member also clarified to The Quint that almost all passes on the opening day matches at all six venues have almost been sold out. In fact three centres, Guwahati, Kochi, and Kolkata, have almost sold out tickets for all matches.

Read: FIFA U-17 World Cup: Rain Threat in Kochi, Tickets Almost Sold Out

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