Updated April 17th, 2024 at 18:02 IST

RCB charging Rs 53,000 for a single ticket despite shambolic performance in IPL 2024; But Why?

For the opening home game of RCB, the costliest ticket was priced at a staggering Rs 52,938. RCB also has the highest starting price across all franchises.

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
IPL tickets on the left, Virat Kohli on the right | Image:X/BCCI

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is not just a cricketing extravaganza but also a commercial powerhouse. With the surge in demand for tickets, IPL franchise owners are employing dynamic pricing strategies to maximize their gate collections. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) exorbitant ticket prices, despite their less-than-stellar performance this season, have raised eyebrows.

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Why is RCB charging almost Rs. 53,000 for a single ticket?

For the opening home game of RCB, the costliest ticket was priced at a staggering Rs 52,938. This is in stark contrast to the cheapest ticket, which was priced at Rs 2,300 – the highest starting price across all franchises in the tournament. While lower-priced tickets are exempt from surge pricing, the rates for premium seats witness a significant hike as match day approaches. For instance, the entry to the fan terrace saw a jump from Rs 4,840 to Rs 6,292, and corporate stand tickets surged from Rs 42,350 to Rs 52,938.


Comparing RCB's ticket pricing with other franchises reveals a significant disparity. Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) offer tickets starting at Rs 499, with the most expensive ticket priced at Rs 20,000. Similarly, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have tickets ranging from Rs 750 to Rs 28,000. Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) maintains the lowest highest ticket price at Rs 6,000, with the cheapest ticket available for Rs 1,700.

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The question arises: why are RCB's ticket prices soaring despite their inconsistent and disappointing performance this IPL season? The answer lies in RCB's enduring and passionate fan base. Despite the team's struggles on the field, RCB continues to enjoy unwavering support from its loyal fans. Franchise owners are capitalizing on this loyalty, banking on fans' willingness to pay premium prices to witness matches featuring top stars like Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Mohammed Siraj, and Glenn Maxwell.

While surge pricing and dynamic rates are common tactics to maximize revenue, RCB's steep ticket prices in the midst of a lackluster season suggest a delicate balance between commercial strategy and fan engagement. As IPL continues to evolve as a global sporting event, the debate on ticket pricing and its impact on fan experience remains a hot topic.


Published April 17th, 2024 at 17:37 IST