ISRAEL – KAN announced Thursday that the tickets will be available free of charge to those who live within 40km. of Gaza. The public broadcaster said the move was a “sign of support and appreciation” for the communities who were terrorized over the weekend by constant barrages of rocket fire.
The move is a double win for KAN, which has been struggling to sell tickets to the six rehearsal shows next week as well as to the two live semi-final shows. While tickets for the live grand finale sold out quickly, seats at all the remaining shows are still available.
High prices set by the public broadcaster appeared to drive away both tourists and locals. With just a few days until the first semi-final on Tuesday evening, more than 2,000 tickets to that show were still unsold.
Such a state is unprecedented for a Eurovision, experts on the song contest have said. Sales to the rehearsals – two for each of the three live shows – have been even slower.
On Monday, Blue and White MK Zvika Hauser called on KAN to distribute the remaining tickets to the residents of the South, so that “their comfort will bring us a little comfort.”