LONDON (AP) — The cost of Champions League final tickets is rising by 14 percent, with only two-thirds of the seats being set aside for regular fans, UEFA said Tuesday.
The first 6,000 tickets for the May 28 match at San Siro in Milan went on general sale by lottery on Tuesday. A further 40,000 seats in the 71,500-capacity stadium will after be split between the finalists.
Thirty percent of the seats are in the most expensive category & have climbed 13 percent, from 390 euros at the 2015 final in Berlin to 440 euros ($478).
p>Category 2 tickets, which account for 26 percent of sales, have risen by 14 percent – from 280 euros to 320 euros ($348).
But UEFA has frozen the cost of the lowest ticket categories at 160 euros ($174; 33 percent of seats) & 70 euros ($76; 11 percent of seats).
''As in previous years, UEFA consulted the independent Football Supporters Europe network when setting ticket prices for this year's final,'' European soccer's governing body said in a statement.
The remaining 25,500 tickets will be allocated to sponsors, corporate hospitality, broadcasters, UEFA guests, national associations & local organizers.
Separately, new FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the outgoing UEFA general secretary, indicated Tuesday that he wanted to involve fans more in the game, saying they had been ''neglected for too long.''
''I am a supporter. I know what it means to travel miles & miles … by car, by train, by plane however to go & watch your favorite team because I did this myself many times,'' Infantino, an Inter Milan follower, said in a FIFA video discussing his plans for the presidency.
''We have to involve the fans, we have to listen to them & what they say because football without fans is nothing. ''
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