There’s nothing quite like watching your favourite sports heros step foot into the stadium. That feeling of adrenaline that rushes through you when you see them up close and personal is enough to make many devoted fans put a hefty dent into their bank accounts. The exciting and diverse world of sports has accumulated a rich history of the most incredible moments achieved by humans, but it comes with a price to be able to witness these. With the World Cup in full swing, it may seem logical to assume that the world’s most watched sporting event would have the biggest price tag. Surprisingly, that’s not the case.
The World Cup 2018 in Russia is set to be the most watched event on the globe and it’s not hard to see why as it will feature some of the best players on the planet such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr. All 3 players will be hoping to win their first World Cup, while there is a new generation of young starlets who will be hoping for the same. We have taken a look at some of the most promising young players on Football Weeks that are set to feature for their countries in Russia.
The NBA, however, has thrived over the past few decades, growing to become one of the biggest leagues yet and undoubtedly, ticket prices have risen accordingly. According to Statistica, the average team value has jumped from $207 million in 2001 to an astounding $1.65 billion today. This means that people are now more willing than ever to pay a pretty penny and watch their favourite teams. They do it for the experience – but exactly how high of a price are these fans willing to go?
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers game at the 2010 NBAs was a real nail-biter, with the two teams battling out game 7. Drawing in almost 30 million fans, the game was in fact so highly anticipated that tickets hit a whopping $115 900. In this best-of-7 tournament, this was the first NBA Finals to go the full seven games since 2005.
The 2017 finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was one that made the books. It was the first time in NBA history where the same two teams had met for a third consecutive year, polished off with a historic win by the Warriors. They became first team to go undefeated for the first 12 games post-season, and yet broke it with an incredible 14-0 record. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers fans, there’s no rebound on the $133 000 price tag on those tickets.
Check out the rest of this infographic to get the scoop on all your favourite sports teams and the most jaw-dropping expenses that fans have paid. Perhaps you’ll purchase your own golden ticket soon enough and be part of the history at the 2018 Russia World Cup finals.