How much are you willing to pay an Argentine soccer fan for the end of all time? In the middle of a hard economic recession, 180,000 pesos (about 4,900 dollars) seems crazy. With this money, a couple with two children can live nine months, according to the minimum value of the total basic basket measured by the Argentine Government. But the distance between the demand for tickets and the number of available seats has taken the resale to the clouds the first game between Boca and River for the Copa Libertadores, scheduled for this Saturday. Online sites ask shamelessly up to 70 times more than the official price for tickets of uncertain origin.
The round-trip final that will define between Boca and River the champion of South American football is for many the sporting event of the century. And there is only room for a few. Less in Boca, where the first leg is played on Saturday, than in River, the venue for the final match on November 24. The restrictions are many. The stadiums will be closed to the visiting public and there will only be room for members. But still it will not reach for everyone. Boca has 180,000 members and 49,000 seats in La Bombonera. River has 100,000 members and has 66,000 places in the Monumental.
The clubs have already started selling tickets through their respective web pages. The owners of annual installments will have preference and then the adherent members. Among them, there will be priority for those who have shown greater fidelity during the Libertadores matches. That is to say that if a fan remembered to see his team in the final just does not pass the filter of the perfect fan and must give up his space. The prices of the tickets are high, but not unattainable: they range between 1,300 and 2,700.
For those who are left out, the reality is very different. The international sales site viagogo.com, dedicated, according to its owners, to the sale of "tickets for sports, music and entertainment", offers a week ago tickets well above the official prices. On Wednesday, at the peak of the superclassic fever, the high seats ranged from 63,000 pesos (1,700 dollars) to 120,000 pesos (3,240 dollars). To buy a low plateau, 180,000 pesos were necessary. On Friday the prices had dropped, and quite a lot, but they were still exorbitant: up to 45,000 pesos (1,200 dollars). For the return match on the River court the values are similar.
The resale is a dark practice and nobody is very clear about where those ghost tickets come from. The usual suspects are the bars, but it is also not very clear how this time they could have access to legitimate locations before the clubs put them on sale. The hypothesis that they are partners that bought to resell is unlikely. Is there a Boca or River fan who is willing to do business with his ticket and thus lose the game of his life? As the questions have no true answer, the leaders of Boca decided to bring the issue to court.
"The club requested, once again before the courts, that the corresponding investigation be initiated, up to the last consequences, to identify the perpetrators of the contravention and punish them," Boca's management said in a statement. The club wants the prosecution to control the online sales sites as viagogo.com, In addition to tourism companies that offer for $ 3,300 packages with tickets included or responsible for WhatsApp chains with offers of locations. The truth is that, three days after the first final, the resale is for all tastes.