1.1 million tickets recently sold for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Close to 890,000 of those tickets were part of a lottery, or random draw, and were allocated in 7 hours. One of my husband's closest friends lived in Brazil for years after he graduated college. That friend also now has in-laws there and he and his family go regularly for visits. He rented a villa there for a month in the summer of 2014, with the intention of seeing The World Cup.
Both he and my husband had their name in the lottery draw for the tickets...they put them in, way back when the opportunity to do so first arose. We found out yesterday that neither he, nor my husband had their names drawn.
It's one of the few things I've seen my husband get very excited about. He's a Sports Nut from way back, it's just his thing, so attending the World Cup would have been amazing for him. There are still chances to get tickets, but they are minimal. So we'll see, but as of right now, chances of him seeing a big game have cascaded in a downward spiral. A 1.1 million ticket allocation spiral that didn't hold his name. :(
Of course, he's not a complainer and simply said he didn't get a ticket...but I'm sure he's bummed.
Have you ever attended a FIFA World Cup? In 2010, 2.2 billion people watched a World Cup game for 20 minutes or more...last year 111 million people watched the Super Bowl. Suffice it to say, I imagine the atmosphere is electrifying!