In 2006, the World Cup was in Germany and I really wanted to go. I was able to go to Germany in 2005 and really wanted to go back the next year. Unfortunately the timing just didn't work out and I ended up missing out on a great event.
Next year, the World Cup will be held once again and this time it's in South Africa, a place I've always wanted to visit. Because tickets are nearly impossible to get, I figured our chances of going would be slim to none. The ticketing system isn't like it is in the U.S. To get tickets to a soldout event in the U.S., all you have to do is get on Craigslist, EBay, or Stubhub. Or worst case, stand out in front of the event and buy tickets from a scalper. Scalping tickets for a World Cup is near impossible because each ticket has your name on it and you must show identification to match your ticket. You can't just go online and buy tickets but instead must put your name into a lottery and hope that you get tickets. To put your name in the lottery, you must already have a valid passport which most Americans don't have.
For the first round of the lottery this year, 1.8 million ticket requests were submitted. Of those requests, 68,000 requests were granted in the United States. Fortunately for me, one of those requests that were granted was for Beth and I for 2 tickets to 3 different games. When I opened my email and saw that my ticket requests were granted, I nearly fell out of my chair. And not only were they granted, but we got tickets to 3 different games!
We will be going to 2 games in Cape Town and one game in Durban. Needless to say, it's going to be an amazing trip and one that I can't wait for. I don't think Beth really cares a whole lot about soccer, but I know she's really excited about going to South Africa. It's still a little over a year away, but I know that it'll be here before we know it and I can't wait!