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Mexico fans from the United States in particular have been reported in significant numbers at that team’s World Cup games. They regularly fill stadiums in the United States where the Mexican team plays many of its exhibition games, including a series of World Cup tuneups.
About 53 million people in the United States are Hispanic, according to the Census Bureau. And 65 percent of them are of Mexican origin, roughly 34.5 million people.
Smaller numbers of Americans whose ancestors emigrated from Italy, Portugal and other World Cup-featured countries cling loyally to those teams, too.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE BROKERS?
American sports fans accustomed to buying from secondary-market sellers such as Stubhub might wonder how many tickets purchased in the U.S. wound up selling on such sites.
Not many, it appears.
Stubhub says it has sold very few World Cup tickets. Ticketmaster says it isn’t involved at all.
The companies FIFA works with directly to sell its tickets didn’t return calls seeking comment this week. But the CEO of one smaller ticket broker, TiqIQ, said the secondary market for World Cup tickets is "relatively small compared to what you would see for other events."
TiqIQ’s Jesse Lawrence estimated only about 50 seats were available for Thursday’s U.S.-Germany game about 48 hours before kickoff.
"Like a Yankees game, there could be 5,000 seats available the day of the game," he said. "The vast majority of the people who wanted to go just got a ticket from FIFA, just through the online sale."
Suhr reported from St. Louis, Missouri.
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