Inter Miami tickets now more expensive than Super Bowl as Messi impact clear

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The clamour to see Lionel Messi in action for Inter Miami shows no signs of slowing down following his arrival stateside (Image: Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)
The clamour to see Lionel Messi in action for Inter Miami shows no signs of slowing down following his arrival stateside (Image: Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)

The clamour to see Lionel Messi in action at away grounds has reached unprecedented heights, with prices for second-hand tickets now priced higher than for the Super Bowl.

As A-List spectators flocking to see the Argentine legend in action, with jerseys bearing the superstar's famous name sold out until October, it is clear that the US has caught the soccer bug. It is fair to say that the World Cup winner's arrival stateside has inspired an unprecedented reaction, with "Messi Mania" now in full swing.

Unsurprisingly, punters are voting with their wallets as they rush to see the 36-year-old in action and when the former Barcelona goes on the road with the Herons, tickets for these spectacles will be the most coveted in town. Pointedly, sales for his first away game versus FC Dallas were on the AXS resale site for as much as $20,000- more than Super Bowl LVII earlier in the year.

After Vice City's new talisman supplied five strikes to help his team to three straight victories in the Leagues Cup group phase, a first outing away from home for the club now beckons for Messi. Tickets for the game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco also sold out at a typically staggering rate.

The Leagues Cup knockout tie will be a rare opportunity for supporters to see the superstar in action and it is clear that spectators were eager not to miss the opportunity. Tickets first went on sale on the morning of August 3 but it took just 22 minutes for every seat at the Hoops' home ground, which has a capacity of 20,500, to be purchased.

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This is not the first time that tickets have sold at a staggering speed, with seats for all of the former Paris Saint-Germain forward's away fixtures in MLS selling out within hours of the announcement of his impending deal to join his new employers. Likewise, tickets for Messi's landmark debut in the US against Cruz Azul were listed on re-sale site StubHub for between $810 (£639) up to an incredible $20,701 (£16,300).

That game, of course, took place at the club's home ground of DRV PNK Stadium and demand for tickets at the 21,000 seater arena went up by a sizeable 1,034 per cent. In addition, the re-sale prices for away domestic league games increased by some 1000 per cent in the aftermath of Messi's announcement, as per Miami Herald.

Inter Miami tickets now more expensive than Super Bowl as Messi impact clearLionel Messi has scored five goals in just three appearances for Inter Miami (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

According to USA Today, tickets for away clashes versus MLS rivals New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles FC are listed for $10,000. A cheaper away ticket to see Messi in action this season appears to be at Atlanta United's Mercedes Benz Stadium, where seats are going for $135 in the 300 section but it remains to be seen whether he will play due to his concerns over artificial surfaces.

This upturn in interest in MLS does seem in keeping with the predictions of Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas, who stated his belief that the Argentine superstar can help the league's popularity to explode in the coming years. He told El Pais : "Selling him on the idea of soccer in the United States was the most important task, this is the biggest commercial market on the planet.

Messi can turn the MLS into one of the top two or three leagues in the world. Here in the US, a lot of people watch the Premier League [UK] and La Liga [Spain], as well as Mexico’s MX league – more than the MLS. There are fans of Manchester United, Madrid, Barça... That’s all going to change."

Tom Beattie

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