Messi Mania comes to MLS: Ticket sales reach new levels for New York Red Bulls clash


Lionel Messi’s arrival to the United States led to a surge in demand for tickets during Leagues Cup 2023, yet this trend is set to continue with the Argentine’s MLS debut against New York Red Bulls set to take place next weekend.

For the final match in Nashville SC at GEODIS Park, which was already sold out, fans were shelling out a  minimum of $450 per ticket. However, this price tag is only the tip of the iceberg. As anticipation builds for the showdown in New York, ticket prices have skyrocketed to new levels. A week prior to the game, the lowest-priced ticket available on the Gametime website was $610, including all associated fees.

At the upper echelons of pricing, the most exclusive seats were being offered at $17,554 per ticket. When factoring in nearly $6,000 worth of taxes, the grand total soars to an eye-watering $23,528. 

In the lead-up to his appearance in New York, Messi also has a crucial U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against Cincinnati on Wednesday night. This encounter offers him the opportunity to continue his exceptional run with Inter Miami CF. Whilst Miami have achieved much in the space of a month, they come back into MLS action sitting, still, bottom of the Eastern Conference.