| 28 September 2022, Wednesday |

Qatar World Cup ticket sales to open, lowest $70 globally

The Associated Press has discovered that fans may begin registering to purchase Qatar World Cup tickets on Wednesday, with costs for visitors starting at roughly $70, which is one-third less than the tournament in Russia.

Two persons with knowledge of the rates stated Tuesday that category-three tickets on worldwide sale will cost 250 Qatari riyals ($69), compared to $105 in 2018. The individuals talked on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ticketing procedure publicly.

The lowest tickets — in category four just for Qataris — would cost 40 Qatari riyals ($11), according to the sources. The proposed ticket prices will be the lowest at a World Cup since $3 seats in Mexico in 1986 — based on 1986 currency rates — and half the price of those made accessible to locals in Russia in 2018 for the equivalent of $22.

The cheap entry point for tickets in Qatar may serve to enable access to the low-paid migrant worker population for the event, which runs from November 21 to December 18. The cheapest tickets for the 2019 World Track and Field Championships were 60 Qatari riyals ($17), and admission was later made free for employees to fill vacant seats.

FIFA tickets will be issued via a regulated method rather than an open sale, with the full range of pricing to be disclosed later. Supporters who apply to attend matches in the Middle East’s first World Cup will only find out if they are successful based on a random lottery at the end of the first application period, which runs until February 8.

The ticketing process is underway, with just 13 of the tournament’s 32 berths filled, and qualification not ending until the intercontinental playoffs in June.

According to FIFA’s most recent financial report, the governing body expects to earn $500 million from World Cup hospitality rights and ticket sales.

With eight freshly built stadiums within a 30-mile radius of Doha, unlike previous World Cups, minimal travel will be necessary once in Qatar.

Travel for the event is expected to be the shortest since the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, however hotel space may be limited.

Most hotels in Qatar have been allocated by local organizers, thus there was no possibility to book for the length of the event while browsing online on Tuesday.

Later this year, rooms in hotels, flats, and cruise ships will be made available through a website. Only about 90,000 rooms will be made accessible to the general public, with the remaining 40,000 reserved for teams, officials, sponsors, and journalists.

While camping in the desert was formerly promoted as a way for fans to find space, it is now being minimized as a viable alternative. There will be 4,000 berths available aboard cruise ships docking in Doha during the event.

Qatar Airways, a FIFA sponsor, is already offering packages that include flights, accommodations, and tickets to see your team play.

The World Cup organizers have also stated that around 1.2 million tourists will attend. According to information released to the Associated Press last month, the group stage would include 32 teams with games spread out over 12 days, with Qatar anticipating 559,000 flying in with a high of 276,000 ticket holders around Nov. 27 and 28, necessitating an estimated 128,000 accommodations.

  • Associated Press