MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Soccer-crazy Mexicans were able to buy the ultimate in Christmas gifts on December 20, when the country's National Bank started selling tickets for the 1986 Soccer World Cup.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
1. GV People queueing for tickets at box office, ticket seller stamping tickets sold (3 shots) 0.28
2. GV EXTERIOR Azteca Stadium in distance 0.32
3. GV INTERIOR Stadium PAN AROUND stadium, construction in progress, ZOOM INTO building site, PAN TO other areas of stadium construction (2 shots) 1.26
4. GV EXTERIOR OFUNAM (Mexico University) stadium, with approach road in foreground, where other World Cup matches will be played 1.31
5. GV NEZA stadium, also staging other World Cup matches 1.44
6. CU Ticket for games, PULL BACK TO man holding ticket 1.52
SPORT: WORLD CUP SOCCER
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Background: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Soccer-crazy Mexicans were able to buy the ultimate in Christmas gifts on December 20, when the country's National Bank started selling tickets for the 1986 Soccer World Cup. The 1986 World Cup will be played in 12 stadiums in nine Mexican cities, and as Mexico is the host team, the country will have an automatic slot in the 24-team tournament along with defending champion Italy. The tickets range in price from 40 U.S. dollars to 650 U.S. dollars. The Cup organisers have timed the sale of tickets well. Christmas is a traditional time of money bonuses to many Mexican workers. And to make sure everyone knows about the tickets, a special 'Mexico 86' song is vying strongly with traditional Christmas carols. Soccer fans have to buy a complete series for each city. In the case of Mexico City, that includes nine games at the Azteca Stadium and four at the University (UNAM) Stadium. According to a bank spokesman in Mexico City, ticket sales were in brisk demand from all sections of the population. Many fans queued for hours to buy the invaluable tickets for themselves and friends. Mexico's National Soccer Coach, Bora Milutinovic has warned Mexicans against excessive optimism about their team's chances, saying that the biggest obstacle he found in his work was the myth that 'Mexico was a soccer superpower'.
Source: REUTERS - GUSTAVO MUNOZ