Messi effect continues with major season ticket price increase for Inter Miami CF fans

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Major League Soccer (MLS) club Inter Miami CF, home of Lionel Messi and co-owned by former England player David Beckham, has shocked fans with a major price increase for season tickets.

According to reports, emails have informed fans that next season’s cheapest season ticket has risen to $884 (£731/€843), almost double the $485 price tag for the current campaign. This will cover 17 home MLS games, priced at $52 per match. 

Season ticket seats located closer to the half-way line, with access to a food and drink ‘club’ area at DRV PNK Stadium (pictured) in Fort Lauderdale, have increased to $7,650 from $3,600. 

Since Messi joined the club from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain in July, single match ticket prices have risen, with tickets on the secondary market also rocketing. 

At the time of writing, fans were able to place deposits of $200 for priority access to general seating in the North Stand GA, East Stand General and South Stand General. Further options included a $500 deposit for priority access to Club Level (NW Club, MF Club, Loge) and a major jump to a $10,000 deposit for priority access to Suite Level.  

Last year, the club was given the green light to break ground on its planned new stadium near Miami International Airport. 

The new stadium will be located at the old site of the Melreese Golf Course and last September saw City of Miami commoners vote to give the green light to the zoning plan for Miami Freedom Park.