Two further games are near to a sell out and tomorrow’s opener is set to become the best attended opening day in Rugby League World Cup history.
The World Cup kicks off with an opening ceremony and double header under the roof at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Following the news that England‘s match against Ireland at the John Smith’s Stadium on Huddersfield on November 2, World Cup officials have revealed several other games are also heading towards capacity.
The match between Fiji and Ireland at Rochdale’s Spotland Stadium on October 28 is expected to sell out this afternoon, while there are less than 1,000 tickets left for Samoa’s clash with New Zealand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, a day earlier.
Tournament Director Nigel Wood said: “On the eve of the tournament it is fantastic to announce a record-breaking crowd for the Opening Ceremony and double header.
“Through RLWC2013, Rugby League is breaking new ground and attracting new fans from right across the country. We’re filling stadiums with old and new fans alike.
“The best players in the world are in the UK for the next five weeks. We urge Rugby League and sports fans in general to be part of this amazing, history-making event.”