As Tel-Aviv gears up on welcoming the first delegations in just a week, thousands of tickets for the Eurovision live shows remain unsold.
When the ticket sale for this year’s Eurovision launched after much delay, interest was high, however there are growing reports in the Israeli press of this years contest failing to gain interest among the visiting public.
Globes reports that high ticket prices are impacting on the number of tickets sold for all shows excluding the Grand Final. According the news outlet just over 2,200 tickets remain unsold for the semi-finals. 200 tickets remain for the first Semi-Final, while 2,000 tickets are still available for the second Semi-Final.
The jury shows for the Semi-Finals and Grand Finals also have thousands of tickets available to purchase, despite a lower price than the actual broadcasts. KAN told Globes that:
The sale of tickets to the Green Room, the semifinals, and the rehearsals is continuing. Tickets to the rehearsals and semifinals are relatively low, and this is an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy a show never before seen in Israel
This year, the contest will be held in the Exposition Centre in Tel-Aviv which can gather 7,500 spectators in the contest’s configuration. This is a fairly small amount comparing to the previous Eurovision editions. There hasn’t been a Eurovision venue to stage a maximum capacity under 10,000 seats since 1999, which coincidently happens to be the last time that Israel hosted.
Last year, the Altice Arena accommodated 20,000 people, in 2017 11,000 spectators watched and in 2015 & 2016 16,000 seats were available.