There's much excitement ahead of El Clasico Miami, which is set to take place Saturday at the Hard Rock Stadium. However, many soccer fans voiced their frustrations over the game's ticket prices.
A number of viewers contacted NBC 6, explaining why they believe the "average" fan was priced out of the game. Tickets for El Clasico Miami start at $245 and peak up to $4,500.
There were plenty of tickets left just two days before the match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which is considered the most intense rivalry in all of sports. As of Wednesday morning, some of the available tickets are listed slightly below face value, starting at $210.
Miami resident Agnes Parms told NBC 6 that when she first tried to buy tickets for the game the cheapest ticket was $480.
"How on Earth is this possible? This is disgusting!” said Parms.
The company responsible for bringing the global game to South Florida responded to the frustration over ticket prices. Daniel Sillman from Relevant Sports said the company was extremely thoughtful about how it structured the pricing:
“That’s why we purposely create an event week where we have a free fan festival where teams will make an appearance at, that we have an open practice with $20 tickets and that we have a number of events throughout the city during the week that are affordable and/or free," said Sillman. "In terms of the ticket pricing relative to similar sporting events in America of this caliber, we’re actually not the highest."
When asked if the company overestimated the market for this match in South Florida, Sillman replied "no."
"Not at all. We’ll be at capacity,” said Sillman. “We have about 1,000 tickets left. This is how we plan to sell tickets. So, we have tickets available until the day-of the event.”
Sillman added that tickets on the secondary market are extremely low compared to an NFL game or any other sporting event in the U.S.