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Rugby World Cup ticket inflation!

When the countdown to the 2017 Rugby World Cup got underway, my husband dug this ticket out of his collection from the very first RWC back in 1987. Holding that piece of rugby relic, we couldn’t help but reflect on the journey of this prestigious tournament over the past few decades.

From humble beginnings to a global phenomenon, the Rugby World Cup has captured the hearts of fans worldwide. And as I held the ticket in my hand and looked at my phone, we witnessed something very remarkable.

Rugby ticket inflation

How about this for inflation??!!

Out of the memorabilia boxes (and I’m talking about 80 years of rugby programs diligently collected from first-class games and tests by my husband and his grandfather before him – oh the joy) we discovered this ticket and program of the very first Rugby World Cup which held in New Zealand back in 1987.

He has been to every Rugby World Cup, except South Africa in 1995 and Japan in 2019.

$5 ticket to the very first Rugby World Cup in 1987 for the match between Canada and Tonga.
$5 ticket to Canada v Tonga in 1987

Check out the ticket price – $5 to see Canada v Tonga at McLean Park, Napier. Row B in the McKenzie stands for a fiver!! Adjusted for inflation, the same $5 in 1987 should be worth $13.43 in today’s money. But that’s not the case here.

We also went to London in 2015 together and I can tell you, tickets were a LOT more than $5!

Rugby World Cup ticket price 2023

The Rugby World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world, drawing millions of fans from across the globe. As the countdown begins for the 2023 edition of this prestigious tournament, there are already 2.5 million tickets sold according to the Rugby World Cup website.

Its also expected that around 600,000 traveling fans are expected to participate in this much-awaited event.

The 2023 Rugby World Cup is set to be the most expensive in history, with ticket prices reaching record highs. The price for a ticket to the tournament is now between $10 to $900! Adjusted for inflation, that’s a 6,600% increase in ticket price from the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.

That’s just insane even if they say that the game is becoming very popular or the cost of hosting increased! Do you think the price is justified? Oh well, if you’re a huge fan, no amount of Rugby World Cup ticket price is too high enough.

If you’re a New Zealand All Blacks fan like we are, you might want to read my post on what the famous haka is all about >>

All Blacks haka
Stand face to face with the All Blacks haka at the All Blacks Experience in Auckland

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!