Buy Your World Cup Ticket with Bitcoin. The Russian crypto-media has asked a meaningful question – why World Cup tickets can not be bought with cryptocurrency. Credit card and bank transfer payments are currently accepted, but is that an option for any fan who wants to go to the stadium? And, is it really impossible to get a ticket with your bitcoin?
“Dear FIFA, Why?”
Despite the growing popularity of both crypto and football currencies, in Russia and around the world, it is said that it is currently impossible to buy tickets for Mundial with bitcoin … or is it not? Less than two months before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, crypto / soccer fans want to know whether spending on digital coins is something they can do in the host country, the Russian Federation.
Nearly 1.7 million tickets have been sold so far, the Organizing Committee announced a few weeks ago, after completing the second phase of ticket sales. Tickets will be available again on April 18, when the last phase of online sales is scheduled to begin. Starting May 1st, the remaining tickets will also be available at the designated Venue Fifa Ticket Center.
Football fans from dozens of countries will visit Russia for the 21 st FIFA World Cup which runs from 14 June to 15 July. They all have to buy tickets if they want to enjoy the atmosphere in one of the 12 stadiums that will host matches. Official tickets can be purchased online with Visa, an official World Cup partner, with another payment card, and via bank transfer.
Non-Russian residents can send international cable after they fill in the “ticket form application” which can be downloaded from FIFA.com. Viewers are also required to get a special Fan ID to gain access to the stadium. According to the organizers, the document guarantees “comfort and security” in places of football and “free public transport” in Russian cities.
More and more people around the world now prefer to use cryptocurrency for cross-border payment and money transfers. In countries with high inflation rates or under international sanctions, using bitcoin or other digital currencies has become business as usual. For other countries, dealing with tight government control over bank transactions, international transfers may not be an option at all.
In general, “why not pay with crypto?” Is a good question for most practical reasons. That is why the Russian outlet Bitcrypto News recently asked the Organizing Committee and FIFA why cryptocurrency excludes the payment options available for World Cup tickets. Of course, they never get an answer from the organizers. There is an answer, and, here it is …
When There Is Desire, There Must be a Way
Rest assured, football fans and bitcoin fans! Your coins will be accepted in the Russian Federation, in one way or another. When there is a will, there is a way, as the saying goes! Tickets, accommodations, exchanges – there are many opportunities to spend your crypto!
If you are looking for a place to stay, the hotel chain in Kaliningrad uses bitcoin. Malina Apartments in western Russia eksklav will be happy to receive your cryptos. Need Russian cash? No problem – crypto changes are now open in Moscow. The rate is not what you get on the internet, but hey, it’s a crypto exchange in the heart of the capital. You will find a bureau near one of Moscow’s main railway stations, “Kursky Vokzal”. Of course, this is not just an exception.
Want to get tickets for soccer matches with bitcoin? Well, there is a solution, though FIFA does not know about it yet. At least two companies now offer services through cards issued by leading international payment providers. Both can be used in Russia and on the FIFA website, in fact quite a lot elsewhere as well.
If you want to honor FIFA’s sponsoring options, try Wirex. After a short veto, a new Visa debit card, with multiple currency accounts in GBP, EUR, USD, and of course BTC, is again available in Europe. Plastics have been issued to customers in certain countries, such as the UK, as reported news.Bitcoin.com. Virtual cards are available in other markets, for example – Sweden.
“We will issue plastic cards in Europe within 4 weeks”, Wirex told one of the applicants a few days ago. Check availability on their website, but in any case you should be able to order and accept your prepaid Visa debit card in time for Mundial.