Team GB v Uruguay a sell-out in Cardiff

June 21, 2012 3 Comments »

Team GB take on Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on August 1.

Team GB’s Olympic football game at the Millennium Stadium is a sell-out, officials have confirmed.

The marquee football match in Cardiff will see Team GB take on Uruguay at the Welsh national ground on August 1.

It provides South Wales football fans with the mouth-watering prospect of watching the likes of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan take on Ryan Giggs, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy for Team GB, who will be managed by ex-England international Stuart Pearce.

There had been concerns the Olympic football earmarked for the Millennium Stadium would be a damp squib. But the news that only some “contingency tickets” could be made available later this summer allays those fears.

However, there remains a question mark over attendances for the other matches at the city centre ground, with London 2012 not giving away details on sales figures for the remaining games earmarked for the Millennium Stadium.

News of the sell-out came as the Welsh Government was accused of “wanton negligence” for failing to exploit economic opportunities at the Games.

Conservative Wales Office Minister David Jones used an appearance at Westminster’s Welsh Grand Committee to accuse the Labour Cardiff-based Government of a “limp and flaccid” response to the global sporting event.

A Welsh Government source accused Mr Jones of getting his facts wrong and being “out of the loop”.

A London 2012 spokesman said:

“There is currently no availability for the Team GB v Uruguay match. There may be a few more contingency tickets made available, but we expect a full house. There is still availability for all other matches at the Millennium Stadium.”

The Millennium Stadium will also host Brazil v Egypt on July 26. Great Britain’s women’s team – managed by Hope Powell – will kick off the Olympics against New Zealand in the opening event of the games at 4pm on July 25.

At the same venue and about an hour after that game finishes, Cameroon will take on Brazil. Many of the stadia across Britain will stage back-to-back fixtures as part of a package price.

Tickets to all of the matches start at £20 for adults, with special prices available for people under 16 and over 60 at many matches. General sale tickets go up to £40.

To date, fewer than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the opening fixture, leaving most of the huge 74,500-seater ground empty.

Senior figures in the capital have previously voiced concerns that tens of thousands of empty seats will be highly embarrassing for Wales and Cardiff. There has been some criticism that organisers have concentrated so much on London that other venues have been forgotten.

Team GB’s men’s team will also play at Old Trafford in Manchester and Wembley Stadium.

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3 Comments

  1. Hendre June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    "It provides South Wales football fans with the mouth-watering prospect of watching the likes of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan take on Ryan Giggs, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy for Team GB, who will be managed by ex-England international Stuart Pearce."

    Luis Suarez? I do hope he will be nice to our Ryan.

    If the GB v NZ game has sold less than 20,000 tickets, what are the sales like for GB v Cameroon? Was it really such a good idea to hold two GB women's fixtures in Cardiff when the team will be English-dominated? Or was it more important for the FA/BOA to be seen parking their tanks on the FAW's lawn?

    Oh by the way… ABGB!

  2. Chris July 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I just bought tickets for this today.. so how is it sold out..:S

  3. david miller July 3, 2012 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Chris where did you get tickets from?

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