Muscat: If you are a hardcore football fan and keen to watch the final of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on December 18, get ready to make a big hole in your pocket.
Those lucky to have got the tickets for the final can look forward to an exciting and thrilling match after the group stage rounds produced some of the biggest upsets in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
The final is scheduled to be held at the Lusail Stadium, which boasts of a capacity of 88,000.
With a few tickets for the final available on the official FIFA platform in the resale category, various other travel websites are offering resale tickets and hospitality packages.
A close look at a few prominent websites suggests that the prices of the tickets for the summit clash have skyrocketed in recent days.
With tickets selling fast, one of the popular websites,viagogo.com, is offering tickets for the December 18 final at Lusail Stadium ranging from OMR1,500-OMR 2,500.
Another ticket reselling website, ticombo, is offering tickets starting from OMR1,100 in category 2 while category 1 tickets starts from OMR3,000.
Hospitality packages offered on this website begin with a price of OMR4,500 and goes up to OMR12,000.
FIFA website is offering final round packages that would include the semifinals and the finals, starting from OMR3,500 and going up to OMR6,900.
FIFA aims to generate US$500 million from hospitality rights and ticket sales from across the eight stadiums in Qatar which are within a 30-mile radius of Doha.
One of the most expensive World Cups ever, Qatar’s ticket prices are close to 40 per cent higher than the previous edition of the tournament, which was hosted in Russia back in 2018.
The ticket prices in Qatar are the most expensive ever for World Cup games in the last 20 years, with those for the final 59% higher than four years ago, according to a study by Munich-based Keller Sports.
The World Cup in Qatar is already considered the most expensive World Cup ever. The construction of six new stadiums and the complete renovation of two other arenas in the country are said to have cost around $3 billion.
FIFA had earlier said nearly three million tickets across the eight stadiums in Qatar had been sold ahead of the November 20 to December 18 World Cup, the first to be held in the Middle East.