Infographic: Golden Tickets – How World Cup Ticket Prices Compare To Other Sports

By on May 24, 2018

The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching and fans are still trying to get their hands on tickets to see their nation play in Russia this summer.

There was uproar in 2016 when FIFA announced that tickets for non-Russian fans at the finals would cost around 16% more than they did during the 2014 World Cup with group stage matches averaging at around £80 [$105].

However, supporters were really incensed when FIFA confirmed that category one tickets for the final would retail at around £825 [$1100] – which is almost £200 more than from Brazil 2014.

Football’s governing body insists the tickets are priced fairly and the games are accessible to all supporters but you’d have to be a die-hard supporter to justify spending the best part of a grand just to watch a football match.

And that’s not even factoring in how much some of the tickets will end up going for once the touts and resellers get their hands on them as tickets for the 2014 final between German and Argentina went for up to £15,000 [$20,000].

However, how do World Cup ticket prices compare to other sports? SBO have created this interesting infographic that details some of the most expensive tickets in world sport and it’s safe to say football fans actually have it pretty good.

The most expensive ticket ever was to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series and it went for an unbelievable £876,000 [$1,170,000]!

Fans also paid £105,000 [$141,000] to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr take on Manny Pacquiao in Boxing’s ‘fight of the century’ in 2013 while Mayweather’s fight against Connor McGregor last year is also high on the list.

Tennis, perhaps surprisingly, makes the cut too as fans paid almost £90,000 [$119,045] to watch Andy Murray take on Novak Djokovic in the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Ice Hockey fans paid around £75,000 [$100,000] to watch the 2010 Olympic final between Canada and USA while even golf is higher on the list than football as fans paid around £25,000 [$34,125] for a week-long pass to watch The Masters in 2013.

We’ll have to wait and see how much the most expensive tickets for the 2018 World Cup final go for this summer but football still has a long way to go before it catches up with other sports when it comes to ‘Golden Tickets’.

Check out the infographic here:

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