The cost of tickets for Lionel Messi’s forthcoming match in Major League Soccer (MLS) has risen to previously unheard-of levels as he continues to captivate soccer fans across the world. The matchup between Inter Miami and Los Angeles FC this Sunday is expected to establish a record for the most expensive MLS game ever, according to the online marketplace TickPick.
“Messi mania” shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Messi’s Impact on Tickets
In comparison to the average MLS ticket, which cost $110 before to Messi’s MLS entry, the average ticket price for the Inter Miami vs. Los Angeles FC matchup is currently over $690, a startling 527% rise. The least expensive ticket to see Messi play would cost supporters a whopping $785 just days before the eagerly awaited encounter. In stark contrast, according to TickPick, seats for the following LAFC match without Messi cost merely $151 each.
Possibility of Further Gains
Brett Goldberg, co-CEO of TickPick, said that although the current ticket prices may seem exorbitant, they may only represent the ceiling. Despite the possibility of future upward changes due to the increased demand, he believes that the market will likely consolidate at these levels. As one of the most well-liked MLS teams, LAFC typically generates strong demand, according to Goldberg. The excitement in this case has been heightened by the arrival in town of one of the most famous athletes in the world.
Beyond the soccer field, “Messi mania” is a widespread phenomena. Since Messi’s arrival in July, Apple has seen an increase in subscriptions to its soccer streaming service. As a result of the “unprecedented” demand for Messi’s jerseys. Adidas is currently facing a backlog of orders that will last until October.
Soccer.com, a retailer, has shown that Messi-related items. Made up the top eight best-selling jerseys on its website, including his Argentina uniform and the Inter Miami shirt. Notably, the Florida-based team’s shirt has overtaken Vermont. The most popular MLS club uniform nationwide, marking a dramatic reversal from its prior regional supremacy.
Soccer in America
The American soccer scene has unquestionably changed as a result of Lionel Messi’s involvement in MLS. It is clear that “Messi mania” is a force to be reckoned with as ticket prices. His next encounter versus Los Angeles FC surge to record-breaking heights. Beyond the entrance gates, his effect can be seen in the unprecedented jersey demand. Streaming subscriptions, and shifting regional kit sales. The Messi effect is changing how soccer is played in America. Enthralling spectators and changing how the sport is run commercially.