With tickets for the 2022 FIFA World Cup going up for sale on Wednesday, fans across the globe might be in for a big, unpleasant surprise.
The cost of witnessing the final of the 2022 showpiece in Qatar is understood to be $1 607 (about R24 660) for a fan should they be paying for the most expensive ticket. According to AP News, that is 46% more than a supporter would have paid for costliest ticket for the final in Russia in 2018.
Most of the ticket prices for the final have increased exponentially, with no ticket for those who are not local residents costing less than $604 (about R9 260), which is what you would pay for a Category Three ticket. That is a 33% increase on what one would have paid to see France beat Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow four years ago.
There is some respite for international supporters who want to witness group-stage matches for the cheapest possible price as the $69 (about R1 060) benchmark is the lowest it has been since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
An exception to this, however, is the opening match, the cheapest ticket for which costs $302 (about R4 630).
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Fans who want to watch the Middle East's first-ever World Cup will have to apply for a ticket, and will find out if they are successful based on a lottery draw.
The first application phase runs until 8 February, and applications for the first phase of ticket sales can be made on the official FIFA website. Successful applicants in the random draw will be informed by 8 March, per AP News.
Some are still apprehensive about attending the tournament in Qatar, however, with the country having faced much criticism over its treatment of migrant labourers, among other human rights issues.