The head of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar has announced the ‘record-breaking demand’ for tickets to the global showpiece later this year.
He stated that over 1.2 million tickets have been sold, though he also admitted that businesses have begun taking advantage of this demand and have started inflating prices.
H.E. Hassan Al-Thawadi also added that he and his team have begun scouring for ways to stop this very worrisome trend. He hopes to find ways to quickly stem the tide and stop the “price scourging“ by businesses who have seen the desperation of fans to attend the first World Cup in the middle east. The inflated prices of tickets have also caused a similar increase in the price of accommodations.
The president of the world football governing body FIFIA, Gianni Infantino, has earlier stated that there were over five million requests for tickets for the final which will be hosted in the 80,000-seat capacity Lusail Stadium, undoubtedly indicating a high demand for tickets at the first-ever World Cup to be hosted in the Middle East.
“I think about 1.2 million tickets have already been purchased,” Al-Thawadi told the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha. “So people are actually buying and people are excited to come there. There’s no doubt about that.”
The organisers of the event have said that there are about 40 million requests for tickets in total but only around two million will be sold to the general public, while a million is reserved for FIFA themselves and global partners and sponsors.
The Doha government is bracing itself for a large influx of fans from all over the world. The moderately populated city has a population of just over 2.4 million people and a global showpiece like the World Cup is sure to increase that number by millions.
The organisers have also been quick to douse concerns as regards accommodation and spaces. They have also announced that there will be 130,000 rooms in hotels, apartments, desert camps and even cruise ships. They have also provided 1000 tents for fans that wish to stay in the desert at a reasonable fee of just $85 per night.
FIFA president Infantino has assured fans that the hotel rooms and desert camps have enough quality to keep fans comfy and that neighbouring countries will also provide accommodation.
“Everything is done for there to be enough accommodation ready here, and as well of course in the neighbouring countries, he stated.”