Looking for a ticket to the World Cup finals? Well, it’s going to cost you.
FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, has long sold out of tickets for Sunday’s game in Maracana Stadium, but fans are still bidding big bucks in secondary markets.
Ticket prices for the game between Argentina and Germany range from $5,000 to $20,000 each, according to various ticket resellers.
eBay has tickets for between $3,000 and $12,000 as of Wednesday. Many of those have received hundreds of bids, and prices could climb even higher as the game day approaches.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — As World Cup games become more and more important the lack of tickets available to see them is creating dangerous circumstances.
Prior to the Argentina-Nigeria match in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, several Argentinian fans were arrested after stealing tickets from other patrons.
One fan, Alfredo Santos, said he was walking a few meters from the police barrier when a group of wild Argentina fans approached him screaming and jumping up and down. Apparently that was just a diversion to get the man into the melee and ultimately take his money and steal his tickets.
“They came closer, began singing and jumping,” Santos told ZH.com.br. “When I tried to protect myself from all the pushing, they grabbed my tickets.”
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets remain available for more than 15 World Cup matches just a day before the tournament opener, including some involving Germany, Italy and France.
FIFA said it already sold more than 2.9 million tickets, but some were still on sale Wednesday.
There were plenty of tickets for matches between less prominent nations, including Bosnia-Iran and Greece-Ivory Coast, but it was also still possible to attend games with some of the more traditional teams. Fans could still get tickets on FIFA’s website for matches such as Germany-Ghana, Switzerland-France and Italy-Uruguay.
Only tickets for the highest-priced categories remained available for the better matches.
SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA says about 1,400 people will have to change their tickets less than a week before the World Cup begins because they were handed out before work at the stadiums was completed.
FIFA said Saturday it notified 1,376 people whose tickets will have to be swapped because they do not correspond to valid seats.
Football’s governing body said seating configurations changed after technical teams established exactly where the media tribunes and broadcast equipment had to be placed in each of the 12 venues.
FIFA said the changes were not caused by the delays in finishing Brazilian stadiums, and that such adjustments also happened in previous World Cups. It said the swaps account for “just a few cases comparing with the 2.2 million tickets sold to the general public.”
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 2 (Xinhua) — About 180,000 tickets will be available during the final World Cup sales phase beginning on Wednesday, football’s governing body FIFA has announced.
Tickets will be offered for all 64 matches, including the final at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium on July 13.
The last-minute sales phase will begin at 00:01 on June 4, with fans able to purchase tickets on FIFA’s official website.
“Sales occur on a first come, first served basis” said FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil.
It is understood the tickets only became available after the installation of previously unconfirmed seats at some venues.
The World Cup will be staged at 12 Brazilian venues from June 12 to July 13. More than 2.75 million tickets have already been sold for the June 12-July 13 event.