FIFA organizers have sold 1.8 million FIFA Cup tickets in Qatar, the world football governing body FIFA announced on Wednesday, ahead of the next phase of ticket sales, which begins on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
Doha, Qatar’s capital, is bracing for an influx of tourists during the World Cup, including 32 matches. The city now has a population of 2.4 million people. Qatar has announced that it has 130,000 hotels, cruise ships, and apartment rooms for all the fans arriving for the tournament. There are also over 1,000 tents in desert camps. Qatar said it would provide accommodations beginning at USD 85 per night to make housing more accessible.
The nation has also organized around 160 round-trip flights to attract spectators, while the capacity at Doha’s airports has more than quadrupled. The government anticipates the World Cup will bring around 17 billion USD to the country’s economy, with 1.2 million tourists expected.
Tickets are available for purchase on FIFA’s official website. They would have to register on the platform and purchase the tickets.
Aside from Qatar, the top nations for ticket purchases were Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, England, France, and Spain, according to FIFA.
There is a specific category of tickets accessible solely to citizens of the host country, and supporters in the Gulf Arab state have purchased the most tickets, according to FIFA.
Tickets for the matches are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This implies that whoever purchases the tickets first will receive them first. There are no formal bookings. According to FIFA, the first two sales batches sold 1.8 million match tickets. The Federation did not specify how many tickets were available.
The lowest ticket for supporters who do not live in Qatar is 250 Qatari Riyals. This equates to USD69.
According to a FIFA representative, the 28-day competition, which begins on November 21, will give 3 million match tickets; 2 million of these tickets are sold to the general public. In comparison, 1 million seats have been set aside for FIFA stakeholders such as hospitality partners, sponsors, and member federations.
The World Cup qualification process is complete, and all 32 available spots in the competition have been filled.
According to the organizers, million match tickets were requested in the first two sales batches. The current round of sales will end on August 16, 2022. However, additional seats may become available later if stakeholders return their designated tickets. Furthermore, more tickets may become available even during the competition if supporters return pre-booked tickets once their teams are eliminated.
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The second round of sales will be available until August 16, and tickets will be confirmed based on payment, first-come, and first-served. The most current round of ticket sales, a random selection lottery, ended in late April.
First come, first served sales for the tickets are offered; based on subject availability, Phase two has just started on July 5, 2022, and ends on August 16. Fans can easily apply for the tickets for the FIFA World cup Qatar 2022 online and purchase them at any time during the sale.