World Cup Ticket Prices Will Top $1,000 For The First Time

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If you’re planning on attending the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, you better start saving, as ticket prices will cross the $1,000 mark for the first time.

World Cup ticket sales won’t start until after the Confederations Cup in Russia next summer, but we already know that the highest-priced ticket for the final game will be $1,100, according to FIFA, which is up from the $990 cost of admission to the 2014 final in Rio de Janeiro.

Other tickets for that game will cost around $710 and $455, while category 4 tickets — limited to Russian residents only — will cost 7,040 rubles (currently $110).

If you don’t have enough to shell out for the final, there are other games that will be cheaper: tickets for first-round games will be anywhere between $105-210 for international fans, with the exception of the opening game, which will have prices ranging from $220-$550. That’s a 16% increase from the first-round range in 2014, which was $90-$175, the Associated Press notes.

Once you get to the round of 16, ticket prices are $115-$245. Quarterfinals and the third place match will cost you anywhere from $175-$365, and tickets to the semifinals will be priced between $285-$750.

Russian residents will pay discounted rates: first-round tickets will sell for 1,280 rubles ($20 as of now), which, while cheap, is an increase from equivalent prices in 2014.

“We wanted to make sure that we priced tickets fairly to make the events accessible to as many people as possible,” FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura says in a statement. “We therefore conducted thorough market research and have priced the tickets accordingly.”

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