Football’s governing body FIFA has announced the ticket prices for the Brazil World Cup 2014.
The BBC reports that the cheapest ticket for international fans for the final on 13 July is going to be $440 (£288) while the most expensive is $990 (£650).
Cheapest tickets for local fans start at $15, which are available only to students, people over 60, and people on social welfare programmes, while tickets for other Brazilians start at $30.
The lowest price for tickets in the last World Cup in South Africa was $20, also for group stage games in the special category reserved for locals. FIFA had earlier stated that tickets for next year’s World Cup is going to be ‘cheapest ever’.
The first game of the tournament is scheduled to kick-off in Sao Paolo on 12 June next year, and tickets will go on sale from 20 August.
About three million tickets will be available, which fans can apply for till 10 October and the successful applications will be decided by a ballot. Only then tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Fans can apply for a maximum of seven matches, and a maximum of four seats per match.
Residents of Brazil will have at least 400,000 tickets reserved exclusively for them, with about 50,000 for the construction workers who worked in developing and building the tournament’s venues.
Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil, who is in charge of ticketing strategy, said that there would be ‘no surprises’ over where the fans end up getting seats, as the location and categories of tickets will be shown in the maps of the grounds in the FIFA website.
He also mentioned that if fans are unable to attend matches they bought tickets for, FIFA will run a reselling system for those tickets.
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