Sports tickets: Rugby World Cup and Wimbledon the most in-demand events of 2015

The Rugby World Cup was the most in-demand sport ticket of 2015 on Viagogo, with Wimbledon serving up in second place

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

England’s momentous clash against Australia in the Rugby World Cup was not only the most in-demand sporting event of 2015, but was also the most in-demand live event across all categories this year, beating both the RWC Final and Wimbledon, according to data from Viagogo.

This marks the first time ever that a non-Wimbledon event has topped the annual rankings in Viagogo’s history.

Andy Murray’s semi-final clash against Roger Federer took its place as the second-most in-demand UK sports event of 2015, with demand for the Wimbledon dinal not even making it into the top 10 rankings following Murray’s defeat.

For the first time ever, The Crabbie’s Grand National made it onto the top 10 most in-demand events, taking third place in Viagogo’s annual rankings.

Despite not taking place until early next year, the NBA Global Games’ inclusion in the top 10 rankings highlights the continued growth in the popularity for US sports among Brits, with fans making the most of the action taking place close to home at London’s O2 arena.

Viagogo’s most in-demand UK sporting events of 2015

– Rugby World Cup 2015 – England v Australia knockout stage – 3rd October

– Wimbledon – Murray v Federer (semi-final)

– The Crabbie’s Grand National

– Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

– RBS Six Nations – England vs France

– NFL International Series at Wembley (New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins)

– William Hill World Darts Championships

– NBA Global Games at The O2 2016 (Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors)

– Silverstone F1 Grand Prix

– The Ashes

Viagogo’s data shows that people are more frequently travelling abroad to watch live sports events. The most popular sporting event for Brits travelling overseas was Paris Saint Germain, with Mayweather v Pacquiao’s highly documented fight in second place and taking the title for the most expensive ticket purchased for a non-UK event on viagogo, with two tickets purchased for £17,000.

The appearance of the Hong Kong Sevens in viagogo’s annual rankings for the first time highlights the global phenomenon that the rugby 7s has become, with 7s editions now in 10 countries as fans travel across the world to watch world-class rugby.

Top five sports events for Brits going abroad on Viagogo

– Paris Saint Germain (Paris)
– Mayweather v Pacquiao (MGM Grand, Las Vegas)
– FC Barcelona v Real Madrid (Barcelona)
– Hong Kong Sevens (Hong Kong)
– World Championship Boxing (Dusseldorf)

A Viagogo spokesperson commented: “With the Rugby World Cup taking place on home turf this year, this has undoubtedly been the sporting highlight of the decade, not just for Brits, but for rugby fans worldwide, despite a disappointing tournament for England fans.

“With the increase of global events appearing on our doorstep over recent years, Brits are overwhelmed with a choice of world-class sporting events, whether that’s watching British tennis champions battle it out at Wimbledon, or catching a piece of American action on home ground.”

Fans can search for any ticket for any live event, anywhere in the world by visiting: www.viagogo.co.uk

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