Eurovision Song Contest tickets to the semifinals and finals will go on sale tis evening from 7pm, some 80 days before the event. Ticket sales were scheduled to begin on Sunday this week, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) postponed them until today. Each credit card will be limited to two tickets.
The Israel Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) confirmed the prices published last week. Front-row seats to the finals will be sold for NIS 1,150-1,350. Standing-room Golden Ring tickets will cost NIS 1,500, prime seat tickets will go for NIS 1,700, and a VIP ticket will cost NIS 2,000. Less than half of the 7,300 seats in the hall will be offered to Israelis.
Seats will also be sold to the semifinals and the general rehearsals to the three performances. Prices for a seat in the hall in the semifinals will vary from NIS 750 to NIS 1,250. General rehearsal ticket prices will be NIS 350 for semifinal rehearsals and NIS 500 for the finals rehearsal.
These prices are much higher than those at last year's competition in Portugal, when the most expensive price was €300. Regular Golden Ring tickets were sold for €200, preferred seats in the hall were sold for €150, and seats in the back of the hall were sold for €35. Ticket prices for the semifinals in Lisbon varied from €100 to €140.
It is believed that the higher prices in Israel will not deter the public; predictions are that all of the tickets will be sold within two hours of going on sale. The nine members of the IBC council will receive tickets to the finals and an option to buy another ticket. IBC employees will receive two tickets to the first general rehearsal, to which tickets will not be sold to the general public.
Ukraine is withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU announced today, following a dispute in selecting the artist to represent the country. Ukraine, which began participating in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, has scored successes in the competition, winning in 2004 and 2016 and hosting the contest in the following two years.
Published by Globes, Israel business news - en.globes.co.il - on February 28, 2019
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