UEFA CL Final Ticket Prices at Record High, Up 17 per cent
February 18, 2011
Dates and prices for ticket sales for Wembley’s staging of the UEFA Champions League Final in May have been announced to the displeasure of many fans.
The prices for tickets are perhaps unsurprisingly at a record high but many wouldn’t have predicted an increase of as much as 17 per cent in some cases.
The availability of tickets for the flagship European club soccer final will go on sale from next week, February 24, until March 18, with prices ranging from £300 (US$487) down to the lowest cost of £150 ($243.5), and £80 ($130) for wheelchair users.
Sales will be conducted exclusively through Europe’s football website, UEFA.com, with each applicant having to complete in full the online application form. Should demand exceed supply then every valid request will enter a lottery to decide the allocation.
The net capacity of Wembley Stadium for the UEFA Champions League final will be around 86,000. Each finalist club will be entitled to take up to 25,000 tickets, to be distributed directly to their fans.
Along with the rising ticket prices, an administrative fee of £26 ($42.2) (including postal charges) for successful applicants inside Europe is in place and £36 ($58.4) for the rest of the world.
The most expensive seats available to the general public for the game are from Category 1; costing £300 ($487), 17 per cent up on the comparable ticket last year. Second-tier places are up 15.5 percent to $355, and the third category costs $243.5, 13 percent more.
UEFA’s event director Giorgio Marchetti told reporters in London. ““We have to benchmark this event against other comparable events like, for example, the final of the European Championship, the World Cup. It’s still priced below comparable events.”