Saudi Arabia has seen huge demand for its inaugural staging of the FIFA Club World Cup as tickets went on sale today.
More than 300,000 people were queuing for tickets today (Tuesday) after the on-sale was launched for the seven-team regional champions tournament, which takes place in December.
There are currently three ticketing products available in this first phase of sales for the Club World Cup, which will be played in Jeddah. Fans can access individual match tickets, stadium packages for the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City Stadium and 27,000-capacity Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, and an all-matches package.
It is thought a third of tickets have been made available, with more to be released in the second and third phases in October and November respectively. An official resale platform will also be launched ahead of the tournament, with more details to follow.
The FIFA Club World Cup runs from December 12-22, and will feature UEFA Champions League holders Manchester City alongside the yet-to-be determined 2023 South American champions.
CONCACAF Champions League winners Club León, of Mexico, Japan’s AFC Champions League winners Urawa Reds, and African champions Al Ahly, of Egypt, will all participate.
The tournament begins with a game between OFC Champions League holders Auckland City, of New Zealand, and Saudi Arabian champions Al Ittihad, whose players include Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante.
The 2023 event will be the final one before the expanded FIFA Club World Cup is launched in the summer of 2025. The new 32-team format will be played in the US.
The tournament has only been staged in Japan and the MENA region since its second edition in 2005. 2023 is the first time Saudi Arabia has played host, following Qatar, UAE and Morocco.