The World Cup is two years away and teams still have plenty of games left in the qualifies. But FIFA wants visitors to start saving now because the ticket prices have been raised. The 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia and the cheapest tickets available for this tournament increased more than 16 percent since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
There will be plenty of tickets available for visitors, with the most affordable selling for $105. That’s a $15 increase compared to the same tickets sold in the 2014 World Cup. The best tickets for the final will be available for $1,100. The same tickets were available for $110 less during the 2014 World Cup.
The tickets for Russian residents will be available for less, starting at almost $20 for group stage matches. FIFA’s secretary general, Fatma Samoura, said they wanted to make sure that they priced tickets fairly to make the events accessible to as many people as possible. She added that they conducted a market research and priced the tickets accordingly.
The 2018 World Cup qualifiers begun last year and will be completed next year. Information on the ticket sale will be released after the Confederations Cup, which takes place in Russia next year. It will be the tenth edition of the tournament and will feature the six winners of the FIFA confederation championships, the 2014 World Cup champion (Germany) and host (Russia).
The FIFA secretary general also mentioned that there is extra security planned for the 2018 World Cup after the violence seen during the Euro 2016. The clashes between fans before and after games made headlines around the world. Many fans were arrested and a few were sent back to their countries.
Samoura was asked about the violence and the fears that it could return for the World Cup. She responded by saying there will be additional measures.
The ticket sale information will be available after the Confederations Cup next year. Here are all the prices for visitors and residents:
Opening match ($220-$250), group stage matches ($105-$210), round of 16 ($115-$245), quarter-finals ($175-$365), semi-finals ($285-$750), third place game ($175-$365) and final ($455-$1,100). These are the prices for visitors, the prices for residents are less.
Opening match ($49), group stage matches ($19), round of 16 ($35), quarter-finals ($58), semi-finals ($68), third place game ($58) and final ($109). These are the prices for Russian residents.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup less than two years away and Russia is working on completing all the stadiums. What do you think about the ticket prices? Let us know in the comments.