Europe is poised to descend on Tel Aviv for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in just a few weeks, and the panic over Eurovision tickets from back in February now seems like a distant memory. As you’ll recall fans scrambled to secure one of 7,300 seats in the Expo Arena for each show. Despite the rush for tickets, it turns out that thousands are still available owing to the high price.
According to Israeli business publication Globes, almost 400 VIP Green Room tickets remain up for grabs. These are the most expensive tickets, priced at 2,000 Shekels each (that’s nearly 500 euros a pop). It looks like cosying up to the delegations and the stars doesn’t have the appeal KAN thought it would.
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According to the website of ticket supplier Leaan, over 2,200 tickets remain unsold for the Semi Finals. Even the partial view seats, priced at 1,000 or 1,250 Shekels (that’s 250 to 310 euros), are just a bit too expensive for Eurofans.
Even the Jury Rehersal of the Grand Final has failed to shift 2,000 tickets.
Even though EXPO Tel Aviv is offering less than half the number of tickets as Stockholm’s Globe Arena in 2016, which sold 16,000 tickets, the expensive prices mean local fans are turning their backs on the live shows. It’s given a huge boost to local parties, including our own Wiwi Jam at the Theatre Club, where fan can see their favourite acts up-close and personal for just 21 euros.
Israeli media reports that many fans have decided not to fly to Tel Aviv at all, because costs mount up once the expensive hotel prices are considered.
Despite the difficulties in shifting the tickets, Israel’s broadcaster KAN remains optimistic and is encouraging everyone to attend at least one of the shows, even if it isn’t televised: “The sale of tickets to the Green Room, the semifinals, and the rehearsals is continuing. Tickets to the rehearsals and semifinals are relatively low, and this is an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy a show never before seen in Israel.”
What do you think? Do you Dare to Buy an arena ticket, or does watching the show on your sofa sound like the better idea? Let us know in the comments!