— Published 13 July 2021

The accounts will be balanced

RWC 2023

No bad surprises are expected for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. According to Claude Atcher, the general manager of the organizing committee, the event cannot be in deficit. With more than two years to go before the deadline (September 8th to October 28th, 2023), the promise may seem audacious. But Claude Atcher explains it without alchemy: ticketing ‘s unprecedented success already ensures balanced accounts at least. “We had planned to sell 260,000 tickets for the entire year of 2021,” Claude Atcher told a press conference in Toulouse. “We are now reaching five times this amount”. The next ticket sales phase will begin in October. It will concern 400,000 to 450,000 tickets for the general public, forming “weekend packs”, but also tickets for the quarter finals. The general manager of the organizing committee also said that the extension of the duration of the world tournament by one week would allow offering more than half of the matches (26 out of 48) in prime time, representing around 21 hours in France. A programming which should boost the audiences of the competition on television.