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Tickets for Super Bowl or World Cup: Which is cheaper?

They are undoubtedly two of the biggest sporting events on the planet, drawing eyes from around the world, but which has the most expensive tickets?

Super Bowl vs World Cup ticket prices

Priceless. That’s how many sports fans would describe the opportunity to see the two best teams on the planet go head-to-head.

But of course there is always a price and the cost of attending a landmark fixture can be truly eye-watering. For NFL supporters the Super Bowl is always the hottest ticket, the opportunity to see history being made and new legends founded. Soccer fans have to wait four years between World Cups and tickets for the final are famously difficult to find.

Getting a ticket to the Super Bowl or the World Cup final is any sports fan’s dream, but which is the more expensive?

How much does a Super Bowl LVIII ticket cost?

The 2024 edition of the famous fixture will be held at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas. The venue is home to the Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels, and boasts a maximum capacity of 71,835.

Tickets for the 49ers - Chiefs clash are set to be the most expensive Super Bowl tickets in history, with the cheapest TickPick options currently sitting at $8,188. This is nearly double the price of last year’s tickets and substantially more than the previous record high of $7,046, set in 2021.

The most expensive tickets available on StubHub, those in the ‘Premium Club Zone’, are currently listed at $44,000.

How much does a ticket for the World Cup final cost?

The most recent World Cup, the 2022 edition in Qatar, took on added significance as Lionel Messi drew close to finally lifting the trophy with Argentina. In the final La Albiceleste took on reigning champions France, who were spearheaded by Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate and heir-apparent Kylian Mbappé.

The most expensive general public tickets were advertised for $1,600 but there were only a limited number available, due to FIFA’s inclination to reserve huge swathes of the stadium for commercial interests and associate nations.

Soccer fans saw history made at Lusail Stadium, Qatar.
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Soccer fans saw history made at Lusail Stadium, Qatar.Associated Press/LaPresseDiarioAS

This meant that most fans were left to scour the resale sites, where tickets were changing hands at vastly inflated sums. The cheapest resale tickets were going for around $3,000, while the ‘Category 1′ options - central, pitchside seats - cost more than $30,000.

Which is bigger, the Super Bowl or the World Cup?

The climax to the NFL season has become a major cultural event and hundreds of millions of people in the United States and beyond will tune in for Super Bowl LVIII. This year’s finale has the added intrigue of being a rare rematch, with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers replaying the 2020 game.

The World Cup is the biggest international tournament in the world’s most widely-followed sport, soccer, and the four-year cycle adds an extra layer of scarcity to the games. The World Cup brings together 32, soon to be 48, national teams to find the world champions and the near-century of history makes it one of the most storied sporting events on the planet.

Aside from the multi-discipline Olympic Games there is no other sports event that comes close to the global pull and historic resonance that the Super Bowl and the World Cup can offer. Attending either would be a once-in-a-lifetime event for supporters, but finding a ticket is not easy.