The Organizing committee for the 2015 Kazan World Championships announced tickets are now for sale for this summer’s FINA World Championships. The ticket prices are surprisingly low, compared to the recently announced ticket prices for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Ticket prices for swimming at the 2016 Olympic Games range from $69 to $387. Swimming is one of the most enjoyed sports at the summer Olympic Games, along with gymnastics. The Olympics have a much wider audience than the FINA World Championships, but even with a smaller audience for the FINA World Championships, ticket prices are fairly low. Despite swimmings popularity during the Olympic Games every four years, the sport doesn’t have as large of an audience outside of the Olympic cycle, although the sport is growing.
FINA reported that 4.5 billion people watched the 2013 FINA World Championships across six platforms (live, delayed, repeat, highlights, news, and sport magazines). Although live fans only account for a small percentage of that total, there is still a fairly large live audience for the event. In Barcelona, the venue for the competition pool, the Palau Sant Jordi, could seat 12,000 spectators per session.
This year, the Kazan Arena Stadium has a maximum capacity of 45,000 seats, but is being restructured to allow for 15,000 spectators over the competition pool. The floor of the arena will have two 50 meter pools; a competition pool and a warm-up pool. Additionally, the first ten rows of the venue will not be used to make sure spectators are able to see over the walls of the pool.
Even with the additional 3,000 seats this year, the ticket prices are unusually low. Prelims range in price from 150-300 Rubles and Finals range from 600-800 Rubles. Don’t let those big numbers scare you, however, as the conversion rate is 1 Ruble to $0.018 USD. If you want to pay for tickets with US Dollars, the prices range from $2.72-$5.45 for prelims and $10.89-$14.52 for finals.