Soccer fans attending World Cup matches in Qatar will fork out nearly 40% more for match tickets compared to those who watched the 2018 edition in Russia, with tickets for the final costing Ksh. 99,000.
While fans in Russia paid an average of Ksh 31,131 for a seat, tickets to matches in Qatar cost an average Ksh 41,568, according to a study by Keller Sports.
Tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany were considered the most affordable in the last 20 years, with an average cost of Ksh 14,500.
Accommodation can be found for as little as $50 a night in Doha outside of the World Cup period. But with hotels fully booked, staying on a cruise ship docked in the city might be the only option.
Booking.com’s prices for a 7-night stay in Doha during the World Cup are around $5000 and availability is falling by the day.
The cost of matchday tickets is the least of fans worries. Locals can get discount tickets, but for everyone else, group stage tickets cost between $70 and $220, and knockout matches between $600 and $1,600. Tickets are currently sold-out for most matches apart from a couple of group games.
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