This is a believe it or not fact. True but hard to believe that a luxury ticket package for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia is priced at $2.8 million (₹19 crore).
As the FIFA World Cup tickets went on sale in June 2016, the world governing body for the sport has announced the most expensive ticket packages Bolshaya Troika – which means the Big Three. The three luxury packages, ranging between $1.4 million (₹9.5 crore) and $ 2.8 million (₹19 crore), guarantee a luxurious hospitality and best seats in the arena for the 19 matches in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The package includes the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening match on June 14 between hosts Russia and South Africa, the two semi-finals and the final on July 15.
The Category A ticket at $1,100 (₹75,000) for the Final is the highest priced FIFA World Cup ticket otherwise.
The quadrennial football tournament will be played in 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities.
The $1.4 million Bolshaya Troika Series tickets include a VIP suite – called the match private suite – with a personal and private lodge in each of the three stadiums with 22 seats at the Luzhniki and 9 seats at the Spartak stadiums in Moscow; and an 8-seat suite at the stadium in Saint Petersburg.
The most expensive $2.8million luxury package will include a personal private lodge with 51 seats at the Luzhniki stadium, 12 at the Spartak and 8 at the Saint Petersburg stadium.
The Bolshaya Troika package VIPs are assured of a straight access to the best seats in the stadium, privileged parking, souvenirs and gifts along with the luxury service of food and beverages before and after the matches.
The organisers are also offering tailor-made hospitality packages like the FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals; Select Any Match and Follow your team. The World Cup Semi-Final package for $1,950 guarantees a ‘golden ticket’ for the semi-finals through many of FIFA’s hospitality packages; Select Any Match @ $695 provides a ticket to the match of the buyers choice while the Follow Your Team package for $1,100 the tickets for the team of a fans choice for any venue where the team will play.
The tournament opener on June 14 by far has been the “Top Seller”. The tickets for the match are starting for $1,300. The tickets for the two semi-finals start from $1,950.
Brazil-Switzerland match on June 17, Germany vs Sweden on June 23, the Uruguay-Russia tie two days later and the Denmark-France match on June 26 are the other games in high demand, for which ticket prices start at $695.