Saturday is the first time Real Madrid and Barcelona face each other in the 2015-16 season. As one of the fiercest sport rivalries in Europe, it’s no surprise that an event such as El Clasico moves masses of people from all over the world. In fact, according to Europe’s leading ticket reseller Ticketbis, not only is Saturday’s game the most international of all the Clasicos, but it’s surpassed all other European league games when it comes to overseas ticket sales.
Last season, the first leg of La Liga’s Real Madrid Barcelona fixture which was played on Oct 25, saw 64% of international ticket sales on the platform. For Saturday’s game, the company has registered a record 76% of sales outside of Spain.
The figure is only 1% higher than what was registered for the previous Clasico on March 25, 2015, which previously held the record for highest overseas tickets sold via the platform. “With Barcelona as Spain’s number 1 tourist destination, the Camp Nou garners greater potential for overseas fans than the Bernabeu. Depending on how La Liga shapes up, we could see another record figure for the second leg which is scheduled for April 3, 2015.” says Ander Michelena, CEO of Ticketbis.
According to travel search engine Kayak, there has been a 15% increase in searches for flights to Madrid during this weekend compared to the other weeks of November and a 7% increase for flight and hotel packages.
And fans, overseas or not, are in for what will be a decisive and heated game. With Real Madrid only 3 points away from Barcelona, their will to claim the 1st place position will be put to the test. Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué and Keylor Navas are just a few of the notable names that will be battling it out tomorrow, not to mention the rumours circling that Lionel Messi will come back from his injury that left him unable to play for nearly two months.