Organisers of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia have vowed that no ticket will cost more than $149 – even the best seats in the house - in a move that should head-off the buzz kill of near empty-stadiums that have plagued previous tournaments.
Family ticket prices will enable kids to watch Asia’s best footballers for as little as $5 while families of four can enjoy the on-field action from just $40.
Other ticketing highlights include:
- Opening ceremony and Australia v Kuwait match from $69 an adult
- Other Socceroos group matches from $49 an adult
- Quarter-finals from $29 an adult
- Semi-finals from $49 an adult
- Final from $79 an adult
The Socceroos kick off Asia’s football showpiece against Kuwait in Melbourne on January 9. The final will be held at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on January 31.
CEO of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee, Michael Brown, said he hoped the scaled back pricing would widen the appeal of the tournament.
“At the height of summer, with school holidays in full swing, and with such attractive prices, we look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of Australian families – not just those inside the traditional football family,” Brown said.
“This will be a festival of football never seen before in Australia, featuring our own Socceroos battling the best 16 teams in Asia, including Asia’s three other World Cup finalists in Japan, South Korea and Iran.
“We have deliberately kept prices affordable for families and those in multicultural communities who will be keen to attend multiple matches.”
Venue packs offer football fans discounts to attend every match in each of the five host cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle.
Starting from $99 fans can watch all four matches in Newcastle, including a semi-final and the third place play-off.
All seven matches in Canberra can be snapped up for $109, all seven matches in Brisbane for $139, all seven games in Melbourne for $159 and all seven matches in Sydney for $229 – including one semi and the final.
Category One tickets will cost $149 for the final, $149 for the opening match, $99 for other Socceroos group matches, $99 for a semi-final, $69 for a quarter-final and $30 for a non-Socceroos group match.
Kids and concession holders can watch the final for just $39.50, semi-finals for $24.50, quarter-finals for $14.50 and non-Socceroos group matches for just $5.
Tickets will go on sale in two periods.
The first phase is for venue packs on May 7 for the football family and May 19 for the general public.
The second phase is for individual tickets on June 3 for the football family and June 10 for the general public.
The AFC Asian Cup is Asia’s biggest football competition and was established in 1956.
Fifteen nations have already qualified – Australia as hosts, defending champions Japan, Korea Republic and 2012 AFC Challenge Cup winners DPR Korea, along with Bahrain, China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
The final spot will go to the winner of the AFC Challenge Cup for emerging nations in May.
Fox Sports will broadcast the AFC Asian Cup throughout Australia.
More information on AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 visit www.afcasiancup.comcomments