The Hamden Sports Complex in Dubai, UAE, when it was built for the 2010 Short Course World Championships, was designed to be a jewel of the aquatics sports world.
With its 15,000 seat capacity, its one of the biggest permanent-capacity pools in the world (it can also host dry sports, but aquatics are its primary function). It’s hard to fill up that many seats short of an Olympic Games, and so the tickets for this year’s Junior World Championships are being sold at rock-bottom prices.
Specifically, a one-day ticket for prelims and finals can be purchased for 20 AED, a full meet (six days) pack can be bought for 80 AED, and VIP Tickets are only a bit more than that (40 AED total for a day, or 120 AED total for all days).
With the conversion rate to US Dollars being about 4:1, that means that you can see all sessions of the World Junior Championships, at the VIP level, for around $32. Total. Aside from geographical barriers, that’s a deal that’s hard to pass up with a slate of some of the world’s best 18 & under swimmers.
It’s unlikely that even at those prices that FINA will be able to fill up the huge complex, but those sorts of ticket prices should definitely attract at least some interested spectators.
Tickets are not being pre-sold online, and can be purchased only at the gate.
The meet runs from August 26th-31st.