Champions League final: UEFA reduces ticket prices for showpiece football match
February 8, 2013 -- Updated 1323 GMT (2123 HKT)
The European Champions League final was last held at London's Wembley Stadium in 2011.
- UEFA reduces tickets prices for the 2013 European Champions League final
- The cheapest ticket for the match at London's Wembley Stadium will cost £60
- Reduction of 25% compared to last year's final at Munich Allianz Arena
- The cheapest available ticket when the final was last held at Wembley in 2011 cost £150
(CNN) -- It's official. To watch the 2013 European Champions League final -- arguably one of the most prestigious matches in world football -- will be not much more expensive than watching some top-flight English Premier League games.
With Europe in the grip of an economic downturn, European governing body UEFA has cut prices by 25% for its cheapest ticket for the May 25 final.
The cheapest ticket for the match at London's Wembley Stadium will cost £60 -- roughly $94 -- compared to £75 in 2012., though fans based in the United Kingdom will also have to pay an £8 administration fee.
Not cheap by any means, but only £6 more expensive than the price fans of English champions Manchester City had to pay when they watched their team take on London-based Arsenal last month at the Emirates Stadium
Read: Messi signs new Barcelona deal
Will Mourinho replace Ferguson?
Tactics: Ronaldo vs. Van Persie
Michael Owen's Liverpool regret?
Of the 59,000 Wembley seats on sale to the public for the biggest game in European club football, 20% will be sold at the cheapest "Category 4" price.
The other three ticket categories available to punters increase in price from £140 to £330.
The capacity of Wembley Stadium for the match will be 86,000, with each team receiving 25,000 seats and the remaining 9,000 going on sale to fans around the world.
According to UEFA's website, the remaining 27,000 tickets will be "allocated to the local organising committee, national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters, and to serve the corporate hospitality program."
Read: FIFA - "Governments must help fight match-fixing"
The price of football tickets in the British capital has been a source of contention in recent months.
Soccer vs Gridiron
City fans were outraged with the price they were charged to watch their team's match at the Emirates Stadium, especially given Aston Villa supporters will pay just over half that sum -- £35.50 -- when their club heads to north London on February 23 for a Premier League fixture.
The price of the 2013 Champios League final is a drastic reduction from 2011, the last time the event was held at Wembley.
Then the cheapest tickets cost £150 for the final between Barcelona and Manchester United, with UEFA president Michel Platini forced later to apologize for his organization's pricing strategy.
The Champions League final, which was held at Munich's Allianz Arena in 2012, looks a steal compared to ticket prices for last weekend's Super Bowl.
Gridiron fanatics who wished to purchase tickets for the New Orleans showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers had to pay between $850 and $1250 for face-value tickets.
Part of complete coverage on
June 18, 2013 -- Updated 2303 GMT (0703 HKT)
In Brazil many believe the World Cup has seen the rich line their pockets, while the poor make do with crumbling public services.
No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America, but that could likely change next year, says CNN's John Sinnott.
June 14, 2013 -- Updated 1950 GMT (0350 HKT)
Brazil's fans were ready to celebrate a first World Cup triumph, but what happened next has left a burning scar in the nation's psyche.
NN World Sport examines why racism continues to be a problem in football and what is being done to tackle discrimination.
June 13, 2013 -- Updated 1207 GMT (2007 HKT)
Germany's Under-21s may bowed out of the European Championship Finals in Israel, but their experiences left a lasting impression.
Be part of CNN's coverage of European Champions League matches and join the social debate.
CNN's James Masters has had a close look at the next generation of European football stars at the U21 championship in Israel.
June 6, 2013 -- Updated 1425 GMT (2225 HKT)
A former Palestinian player, once held without charge for three years, is campaigning for a boycott of Israel's staging of a major European tournament.
May 23, 2013 -- Updated 1052 GMT (1852 HKT)
When Germany's two biggest soccer clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League final, there can only be one winner: German industry.
May 22, 2013 -- Updated 1356 GMT (2156 HKT)
The Bundesliga model of sustainability is very much in vogue. But are Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund creating a dangerous duopoly?
May 23, 2013 -- Updated 1015 GMT (1815 HKT)
CNN takes an exclusive look at the venue of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
May 17, 2013 -- Updated 1710 GMT (0110 HKT)
David Beckham embraced his tag as a "gay icon" and has been credited with breaking the big taboo -- homosexuality in football.
May 13, 2013 -- Updated 0750 GMT (1550 HKT)
'King' Alex Ferguson is quitting Manchester United but the $3.17 billion brand will survive, according to experts.
May 7, 2013 -- Updated 1418 GMT (2218 HKT)
Italian football lags behind its other European rivals commercially, but newly-crowned Italian champions Juventus is showing Serie A clubs an example of revival.
April 24, 2013 -- Updated 1434 GMT (2234 HKT)
Luis Suarez's biting of Branislav Ivanovic is the latest episode of moments of madness when soccer stars behave badly.
March 29, 2013 -- Updated 0938 GMT (1738 HKT)
Sunderland's partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation is part of its bid to woo the African market.
March 28, 2013 -- Updated 1558 GMT (2358 HKT)
Each year as many as 700 Cameroonian young footballers leave Africa in search of a professional career abroad.
May 6, 2013 -- Updated 1201 GMT (2001 HKT)
Referees across Europe are feeling the heat. Insulted, threatened, chased off the field, attacked, hospitalized and, tragically, killed.
February 26, 2013 -- Updated 1225 GMT (2025 HKT)
Footballers have a battery of physios, fitness trainers and doctors all striving to fine-tune their physique -- but are they missing a trick?
June 10, 2013 -- Updated 1041 GMT (1841 HKT)
Hardcore Italian football "ultra" Federico is a Lazio supporter who happily admits directing monkey chants at black players.
Today's five most popular stories