Ticket sales are starting to pick up for the FIFA U–20 Women’s World Cup matches that will be held in Moncton, according to the event’s organizing committee.
The first games of this year’s international soccer competition will begin today in Toronto and Edmonton.
Moncton will be hosting a doubleheader on Wednesday between England and Korea, followed by Mexico and Nigeria, at the University of Moncton stadium.
Peter Montopoli, the chief executive officer of the national organizing committee, said the pace of ticket sales is starting to pick up as the first games are approaching.
"We're closer to probably the 40 per cent mark in Moncton, but what's been interesting and encouraging is greater uptake within the community,” he said.
Moncton is the smallest of the host cities for this year’s event. The stadium holds 8,500 spectators and it recently had new artificial turf installed for this event, and next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Montopoli said the Moncton stadium will play host to some exciting games, especially the semi-final match.
“You also have a semi-final in Moncton, so with any luck hopefully, our Canadian team plays well and we get an opportunity to come to Moncton,” he said.
“Otherwise, you're still going to have a great match, whoever it may be. Sometimes the best matches are the semi-final matches.”
The tournament runs until Aug. 24.
The Moncton organizers are warning spectators that there are a few items that they need to leave behind when they show up to the stadium.
Stéphane Delisle, the venue general manager in Moncton, said food and alcohol aren’t allowed to be brought into the stadium. As well, video cameras, whistles and air horns are to be left outside.
"There will be security at each of the gates. [Spectators] will go through a security checkpoint which will mean they may have their bags checked as required. There is a list of restricted items that we invite people to check online,” Delisle said.