The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, revealed the price ranges that fans visiting Brazil will pay to attend World Cup 2014 soccer matches. The sport's international governing body said Friday that the least expensive ticket for the most expensive game will be $440. The championship match's high-end tickets will sell for $990.
Brazilian residents will receive discounts as 2014's host nation, FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil said at a press conference. The final match's best seats will cost domestic fans as much as $884 at current conversion rates, while the least expensive seats will cost about $73. Students and seniors are eligible for additional discounts.
FIFA reserved 450,000 tickets for corporate clients through a license program with MATCH Hospitality for $120 million. FIFA says about 3 million tickets will be available for domestic and international fans during three sales phases that start Aug. 20. The second sales phase will start once the 32-team draw and match schedule is finalized and announced on Dec. 8.
The final match is scheduled for July 13, 2014, at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, a structure still under construction yet facing budget problems. Civic protests have rocked Rio and other cities since June as activists voiced grievances over cost overruns of the country's new soccer stadiums. Protesters say the extra money required to complete the over-budget stadiums will strain the government's ability to spend on transportation, hospitals, health care and education.
Rio de Janeiro is investing heavily in its sports facilities, because the city will also host the Olympic Games in 2016.