Tickets selling out fast for World Cup

A sold-out crowd is expected for the opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Sir John Guise Stadium on 13 November as tickets are selling out fast.

As of Thursday this week, grandstand tickets have been sold out, with only outer stand and the goal post tickets still available.

CEO of the Local Organising Committee, Seamus Marten said the response from the public was overwhelming and encouraged those that missed out on grandstand tickets to get in quick to avoid missing out. 

There will be a ten-minute kick off ceremony after the match between Korea DPR and Sweden where a taste of Papua New Guinea’s culture will be showcased to the visiting guests and FIFA. 

“We expect a sell-out patriotic crowd supporting Papua New Guinea as they face Brazil under lights at 7pm at Sir John Guise, and we hope a good number enjoy the match between Sweden and Korea DPR which kicks off before the home team match at 4pm,” said Marten. 

Marten added there will be no ticket sales at any of the venues meaning spectators wanting to see the world’s best U-20 women’s players in the world will have to plan ahead. 

Marten added that those still wishing to be seated in the grandstand can take advantage of the packages that are still available. 

“We have the Tournament Package selling at K250 per person and this allows you to watch every match of the tournament from the grandstands at each of the match venues, including Sir John Guise Stadium.” 

There is also the venue package that allows you to watch all ten matches at Sir John Guise Stadium selling at K75 per person, while the National Football Stadium is pitched at K95 per person for ten games. 

“We understand the demand for grandstand tickets at the moment is quite high and the packages is the best way to get into those premium seats.  

“Fans shouldn’t forget about the matches at the PNG Football Stadium and Bava Park with tickets pitched at K10 and K5 per person for the grandstand and outer stand respectively,” said Marten. 

Spain open their tournament against Canada at 4pm followed by tournament heavyweights Japan and Nigeria at 7pm under lights at the newly developed 5,000 stadium.

Marten also confirmed that there will be no opening ceremony as these two matches will also be played at Bava Park on 13 November at the same time as the matches at Sir John Guise Stadium.   

“Because of the four matches being played at the same time, on the same day, there is no standalone opening ceremony involving all of the teams, but there is a 10-minute kick off show being prepared to give the global audience of over 100 million a taste of Papua New Guinea and it’s culture,”  said Marten.


Troy Taule