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MOSCOW, may 1. /TASS/. Hundreds of fans visited the office of direct sales of tickets for the world Cup in the first day of work in Moscow. About it from a place of events the correspondent of TASS.

The direct sales office opened at street rye, house 4. Main ticket centres of the International football Federation (FIFA) started in 11 cities of Russia on April 18, however, the centers could only print the purchased tickets, direct sales started may 1 at 14:00 GMT.

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Long hours of hope: in Russian cities saw the opening of direct sales of tickets to the 2018 world Cup

At 9 am Moscow time at the center already formed a queue of about 200 people. Fans in a civilized manner it took place and succeeded each other, periodically departing to a nearby cafe to have Breakfast. To pass the time before the opening of the box office, some watched movies on smartphones, others read the classics of Russian literature, the others were monitored with tablets tickets on the official FIFA website.

Volunteers personally, and the speaker explained to the fans that the number of tickets to live fully coincides with their number on the official website of FIFA. At 11 am there was only first category tickets to all matches in Volgograd and first category tickets for the match Panama – Tunisia, which will be held in Saransk. While standing in the queue was still hoping to get a coveted spine and some expressed their dissatisfaction with the fact that tickets are very few.

The pensioner from Moscow Alevtina Sysoev in an interview with TASS said that it was hard to get to other regions because of its old age. “It is unfortunate that tickets to the Moscow games not posted in for more selling at least in the Moscow office. I am already 73 years old, and the same conditional Volgograd me to get hard. Of course, rules are established not Russia, but I would like at least some loyalty to the pensioners”, – said Sysoev.

Stir for 15 minutes before opening

Despite the festive day, about 400 people lined up with a length of about 200 meters in 15 minutes before the start of direct sales in the ticket centre of FIFA. In the queue there was talk that the tickets for the matches in other cities, except Saransk and Volgograd, can still receive, but the volunteers denied the rumors every 15 minutes announcing over the loudspeaker that the additional quota center no.

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In cash Desk the ticket centre to the correspondent of TASS said that an additional quota of tickets, in fact, missing. “There was a tickets only the first category for all matches in Volgograd and first category tickets for the match between the national teams of Panama and Tunisia. Have tickets to other matches, but they are only for wheelchair users and individuals with disabilities upon presentation of an identity”, – said at the ticketing centre, is recommending to follow the official FIFA website in case of refusal of tickets previously booked by fans.

After the first two hours the queue at the ticket center decreased markedly. People dispersed in different moods: someone is unhappy and empty-handed, and someone is joyful that he had bought match tickets that were available.

Student Russian state agrarian University Anton Shvetsov together with friends bought four tickets of the first category for the match Nigeria – Iceland, which will be held June 22 in Volgograd. “Not at all sorry that stood in line from 10am. The world Cup is a great festival, so my friends and I could not miss this event and bought tickets of the first category in Volgograd for the match Nigeria – Iceland. Now let’s go apply for a passport fan and will continue to prepare for the trip,” – said Shvetsov in an interview with TASS.

The category of world Cup tickets

FIFA announced the cost of tickets for matches of the world Cup in July 2016. Tickets are divided into four price categories. Excluding the opening match and final, the cost of tickets of the third category ranges from $105 to $285, the second category – from $165 to $480, the first was from $210 to $750. In addition, it is recommended that upon confirmation of purchasing tickets to apply for a passport fan.

Passport of fan – innovation of Russia as the host country for the world Cup. It is a personalized map viewer that every person who bought a ticket for the matches of the 2018 world Cup. The spectator pass allows free travel between cities for the 2018 world Cup, as well as urban public transport: buses, trolleybuses, trams, metro, commuter trains and airport Express trains-trains connecting the airport with the city centre. For foreign nationals passport fan gives the right of visa-free entry to the territory of Russia in the period of the tournament.

The world Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities of Russia.