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World Cup Ticket Demand Has Created a Thriving Black Market

  • Some illegal ticket resellers are asking for nine times ticket face value.
  • Qatar passed a special law that gives FIFA exclusive ticket selling rights.
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The overwhelming demand for World Cup tickets in Qatar is driving some fans to the black market.

As droves of fans seek out some of the most coveted sports tickets in the world, scalpers are seeking huge markups for World Cup matches, per Reuters.

  • Some are offering ticket prices of up to $2,000 – nine times the face value.
  • Qatar passed a special law prior to the tournament granting FIFA exclusive rights to sell World Cup tickets — and illegal attempts to sell passes can incur fines of up to 10 times the ticket’s value.

Initially, Qatar required World Cup match tickets for tourists entering the country, though it later backtracked.

Illegal ticket sellers told Reuters that Argentina and Portugal can earn premiums due to the star power of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fans outside stadium during World Cup match between the United States and the Netherlands

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Having spent at least $229 billion on building seven new stadiums and a subway system among other infrastructure projects, Qatar is now vying for other major sporting events. 

It will host the 2030 Asian Games and is preparing a bid for the 2036 Summer Olympics. Like this year’s World Cup, the Summer Games would likely be moved back a few months to avoid the country’s scorching summer heat.

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