FIFA sets 2014 World Cup ticket prices in Brazil

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 11:02 AM

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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