About 1.2 million tickets have been sold for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, organisers said on Wednesday, putting a figure on sales for the first time.
Chief organiser Hassan Al-Thawadi said there had been “record-breaking” demand for the November-December World Cup, the first held in the Middle East.
“I think about 1.2 million tickets have already been purchased,” he told the Qatar Economic Forum.
“So people are actually buying and people are excited to come there. There’s no doubt about that.”
The figure was confirmed by organising committee officials, who said there were about 40 million requests in the two phases of sales.
This comes amidst claims that fans risk jail if caught indulging in extramarital sex in the country during the global showpiece.
Qatari capital Doha, with a population of about 2.4 million, is bracing itself for the huge influx of visitors, with hotel accommodation extremely scarce.
Some fans will stay in 1,000 traditional Qatari tents, while others will sleep on cruise ships docked in Doha.