With an average resale price of $133 per ticket, Tuesday’s match between Barcelona and Chelsea is the second most expensive soccer match in the DMV since 2010.

Said match is considerably more expensive than the average ticket to any other D.C. major sports team: Redskins games averaged $92 on the secondary market last season, Capitals games averaged $89, Wizards tickets averaged $72, Nationals tickets are averaging $43, and D.C. United tickets are averaging $28. This means soccer fans in the District could go to five DC United games for approximately the same price as the Barcelona-Chelsea match.

Barcelona vs Chelsea Tickets

Tickets to the July 28 International Champions Cup match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC are averaging $133 on the secondary market. That’s the second most expensive 2015 ICC match in America, trailing only the Man Utd – Barcelona match in San Francisco, which is averaging $258. It’s also more expensive that the most expensive D.C. United match since 2010 — a match against the Columbus Crew in June 2014 — that averaged $80 on the secondary market.

An estimated $1.9 million has been spent on the secondary market on the Barcelona-Chelsea match. Tuesday’s match will be the highest grossing and most expensive soccer match to occur in D.C. since 2011, when an exhibition between Manchester United and FC Barcelona averaged $194 and grossed an estimated $3.2 million on the secondary market.

Average Secondary Market Prices for D.C.-Area Soccer

Since Barcelona announced that Messi and Neymar would not be participating in the American leg of the ICC, the median listing price has actually risen from $189 to $203, and the get-in price has risen from $90 to $108. Typically, prices for sporting events fall in the days leading up to the event, so this increase is unique, especially with the superstars not playing.


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