With the FIFA World Cup just days away from starting, Aussie fans have been delivered something of a rude shock – they will be forced to pay if they want to watch games in some public places.
Since the Socceroos’ appearance at the 2006 World Cup, it has become something of a tradition for ‘live sites’ to be set up, allowing for thousands of fans to share the highs and lows of our boys’ efforts against the best global football has to offer.
While that will again be the case for the upcoming tournament in Russia, fans keen to be part of the atmosphere at Parramatta’s Centenary Square will have to pay for the privilege.
And it’s not your standard ‘gold coin donation’ with the proceeds going to a good cause either – oh no! Instead, punters are expected to fork out $20 per match, with family tickets – allowing for two adults and two children – selling for $60.
By comparison, the Parramatta Eels are selling tickets for as little as $10 for their home game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL – and that’s for the chance to watch the game live, rather than on a screen.
As for what a ticket gets you, event organisers Global Public Events promise, “Two MASSIVE 33 sqm screens and everything you need to have a WORLD CUP party; DJs, bands, artists, bars, food trucks and big sound & lighting on Aussie goals!”
Attendees will not be permitted to bring their own food, drinks or chairs to the sites – yet organisers are confident it will be a success.
“Why would you watch it on a little TV for free, when you could experience a stadium-like atmosphere for $25?” Global Public Events co-founder Lui Spedaliere told The New Daily.
“We expect it to be sold out. I can’t see why people wouldn’t want to be there.
“We are creating a simulated stadium atmosphere… it is going to be a roaring success.”