FIFA sets 2014 World Cup ticket prices in Brazil
SAO PAULO (AP) - Fans will pay $90 for tickets to see World Cup matches in Brazil next year, $10 more than in 2010 in South Africa.
Announcing ticket rates Friday, FIFA said $15 seats will be available to Brazilian students, people over 60 and members of social programs. In 2010, South African residents could pay $20.
Host nation residents will have access to at least 400,000 discounted tickets from the publicly available total of about 3 million.
International fans will pay from $440 to $990, in three category bands, to see the final on July 13 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
FIFA said prices start at $220 for the opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12. Top category seats will cost $495.
At the other 47 group-stage matches, seats costs $90 in the cheapest Category 3 band. Category 1 tickets will cost $175.
Tickets will be sold globally from Aug. 20 on fifa.com. The first sales phase ends Oct. 10, and a random draw will allocate seats for oversubscribed matches.
A second sales phase opens Dec. 8, after the 32-team draw is made and the match schedule confirmed. FIFA said buyers can request a maximum of four seats per match and a maximum of seven matches.
FIFA said an additional 450,000 tickets have been reserved for a corporate client program, which FIFA licensed to MATCH Hospitality for $120 million.
The total number of available tickets will not be finalized until the 12 stadiums are completed, FIFA said.
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