Qatar 2022 tickets sales opens to 1.2m requests in first 24 hours

January 21 – More than 1.2 million tickets were requested within the first 24 hours of going on sale for the World Cup in Qatar in November. 

Outside of the host nation, figures released reveal the highest demand came from Argentina, Mexico, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, England, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and France.

More than 140,000 tickets have been requested for the final, which is scheduled for December 18 at Lusail Stadium, while more than 80,000 tickets have been requested for the opening match.

The first sales period ends on February 8 and all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications a month later.

The cheapest seats on general sale internationally to watch the opening game of the tournament are up 37% to $302 (1,100 Qatari riyals) from $220 seen in Russia. Similarly, there’s a rise of 13% for category-two tickets to $440 (1,600 Qatari riyals) from $390.

And the most expensive tickets on general sale for the final are an eye-watering 5,850 Qatari riyals (£1,180). This is up 46% from around £809 for the 2018 final in Moscow.

However, for the other group stage matches there has been a notable reduction in the cost of some tickets, compared with previous tournaments. The cheapest tickets on international sale are the lowest since the 2006 World Cup in Germany at 250 Qatari riyals (£50).

And tickets for locals are the lowest since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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