The Ball reaches its goal

Arrival at the Stadium
The Ball arrives at the stadium

The trans-continental odyssey reached its first point of closure with the Ball’s arrival at the World Cup stadium in Seoul. We had high hopes of getting inside as the opening ceremony started, since we had heard that there were still tickets for sale at the box office…

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The Ball makes its final journey – to the Opening Ceremony, the place it has travelled 8000 miles to reach.

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The goal is in sight
The goal is in sight, but no score yet…

Sadly, the only tickets available at the official outlet were priced at W640,000 (we’ll leave you to figure out how much that is in your local currency, but rest assured that it is as much as it sounds) and since the touts were strangely unwilling to reduce the price of their tickets – even once the game had started – the Ball hasn’t yet crossed the goal-line.

Chris Gotch, our embassy ally
Chris Gotch, our ally at the British Embassy

However, we’re still optimistic that it can perhaps bounce in off the crossbar. Chris Gotch, our ally at the British Embassy, is trying to organise a meeting between us and the stadium authorities to see what can be done. We’ve also been speaking to a few folk at FIFA, and are hopeful that the Ball can be given a meaningful future.

More on this as things develop.

Written by on Saturday, June 1st, 2002

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The Ball 2014 left England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.