It’s three months before Eurovision 2019 is due to begin and tickets still haven’t gone on sale. However, host broadcaster KAN today has revealed the ticket prices for the shows. But those tickets won’t come easy and they won’t come cheap.
The broadcaster has confirmed that there will be about 7300 seats total in use per show at the Expo Tel Aviv venue. However, about 3000 of those have already been allocated for the EBU’s use and won’t be available for public sale. This leaves just 4300 seats per show for sale to the public.
And the prices for those tickets are not cheap. The least expensive ticket available is a semi-final rehearsal hall seat, coming in at €85. At the other end, prime seats for the grand final will cost an eye-watering €414.
Tickets to a “VIP” area in the Green Room will also be available. The Green Room is adjacent to the main hall and fans will be able to watch the acts during the dramatic results sections.
KAN has explained that the higher than usual prices were the result of the high production costs of the show and that the Israeli government did not finance the show. The smaller venue has also meant that higher prices per ticket were needed to cover costs.
The broadcaster also explained that while the venue can hold up to 10,000 people, the stage size, technical equipment and the security features to prevent another stage invasion mean there was only room for 7300 seats.
A KAN spokesperson also noted that while attending the live show is exciting, the Eurovision production is design for television and fans may have a better experience watching at home.
The broadcaster will also reserve 500 rehearsal tickets for IDF soldiers.
Eurovision 2019 – ticket prices
Note: ticket prices are provided in Israeli new shekels. Our conversion to euros is unofficial and should not be considered definitive.
|Seats in the hall||750 ILS (€183)||1150 ILS (€280)|
|Level 2 seats||1000 ILS (€244)||1350 ILS (€329)|
|Golden Ring (standing)||1150 ILS (€280)||1500 ILS (€366)|
|Prime seats||1250 ILS (€305)||1700 ILS (€414)|
|Green Room VIP||1000 ILS (€244)||2000 ILS (€487)|
|Seats in the hall||350 ILS (€85)||500 ILS (€122)|
|Level 2 seats||750 ILS (€183)||1000 ILS (€244)|
|Golden Ring (standing)||900 ILS (€219)||1150 ILS (€280)|
|Prime seats||1000 ILS (€244)||1250 ILS (€305)|
How do these prices compare to previous years?
In previous years, ticket prices for Eurovision shows have varied. It can depend on the venue size, the average local price for tickets and local demand.
In 2015, tickets to the Wiener Stadthalle grand final ranged from €42 to 390. The following year, fans in Sweden could pay from €53 to €280 for a grand final ticket at the Globe.
In Kyiv, organisers made an effort to make the show accessible to locals, with some rehearsal tickets available at just €8. At the other end of the scale, the most expensive grand final ticket was €500.
Last year, Altice Arena offered a wide range of ticket prices, which made the show accessible to many. The cheapest grand final ticket cost €35, while the most expensive was €299.
While fans are used to seeing pricey VIP tickets offered for each show, the big surprise this year is that the “cheaper” seats aren’t all that cheap.
The pricing has sparked outrage from fans, with many claiming they won’t be afford to attend the show.
When will tickets go on sale?
We still don’t have a definite date. However, a KAN spokesperson has told The Jerusalem Post that tickets will go on sale “before the end of February”, and they will be told in two batches.
The EBU has confirmed that despite extensive reporting in Israeli media, no official announcement has yet been made regarding the Eurovision tickets.
In a statement, the EBU clarified:“Further to reports on the 19th of February, no announcement has been made with regard to tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. An announcement will be made shortly on the official Eurovision Song Contest channels.”
They also said that tickets will go on sale “in due time”.
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