RUGBY World Cup organisers have defended their ticket prices after it emerged that seats at tournament games at Elland Road will cost fans up to £85.
Leeds United’s ground will play host to two matches at the 2015 rugby union extravaganza, Italy versus Canada and Scotland against the USA.
Children will pay as little as £15 for each fixture but prices for adults range from £20 to £85.
That top-level figure has been greeted with surprise by some fans on social media websites.
Prices for the tournament final at Twickenham are even higher, ranging from £150 to £715.
But England 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans believes the structure strikes the right balance. She said: “Every event has to raise revenue to put on the tournament and therefore you have to have some tickets that may be regarded as expensive.”
She added: “We have looked at previous World Cup finals and other international events.
“We believe we are comparable to those and are very competitive.”
Tickets for the Elland Road group games will be made available in phases next year, with sales to the general public starting in September.
And council bosses are already planning ways to ensure the city makes the most of its potentially-lucrative role in one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills, said: “As a city we will be putting on a number of events on the lead-up to the tournament to get everyone in the city involved, from cultural events to fan zones the city will get a real taste of rugby.
“The tournament will bring so many benefits to the city from thousands of new visitors.”
Elland Road is one of 13 venues across England and Wales which will be hosting a total of 48 matches during the competition.
For more details on tickets and the tournament fixture schedule, visit: www.rugbyworldcup.com