The large number of ticket requests could reflect the desire to see more than one game a day, with relatively few tourist attractions available nearby.
FIFA has received 3 million requests for tickets to the World Cup final in Qatar and a high demand to attend some of its most important group stage matches, although concerns over the capacity of the small Persian Gulf nation persist to welcome fans.
Data revealed to The Associated Press by FIFA show that there were 2.5 million ticket requests to see Argentina play Mexico on November 26 at Lusail Stadium, with a capacity for 80,000 spectators, and 1.4 million fans expect to see England faced the United States the day before at the 60,000-strong Al Bayt Stadium.
Overall for November 21-Dec. 18, there were more than 2 million requests for tickets from the United States, England and Qatar after the second phase of sales. A random draw will be used to allocate tickets for matches in which demand exceeds capacity.
The large number of ticket requests could reflect the desire to watch more than one game a day with fans looking to take the time to watch their own country watching other matches in a country where all stadiums are less than an hour away by car audience from the heart. of Doha.
With all the stadiums built around the capital, the tournament lacks the variety of tourist attractions compared to the recent World Cups in Brazil and Russia. FIFA has received more than 23 million ticket requests.
Accommodating visitors is also a challenge considering how small the country is with most of the hotels built around Doha. Hotel aggregation websites show no capacity in the open market for the nights of November 25 and 26 around the Argentina-Mexico and England-United States games. There was also no availability on the official World Cup accommodation website for hotels, apartments, villas or cruise ships docking in Qatar for the tournament.
There is also no apparent availability to stay in Doha on the night of the December 18 final at Lusail, the stadium that has yet to host a test match.
There were 3 million ticket requests for the final despite prices rising by up to 46% of the cost for international fans to attend the 2018 final won by France in Moscow, with tickets being the most expensive of 5,850 Cathar rials (1,607 dollars).
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