I went to buy my ticket for Roma-Real today, and also for Roma-Samp tomorrow night in the Coppa Italia.
A ticket in curva for the league is usually €15, and usually it's the same in Europe - it was €15 in the group stages, and the same for Lyon & Utd last season. For some reason they are charging us €20 to see Real though. I'm not going to pretend that it's an unreasonable or excessive figure, but an extra third on the price of a ticket seems like a hefty whack to me. Other tickets have gone up by a similar proportion, it seems. Frankly it feels a bit money grabbing. But I guess that's the Champions' League for you.
On the other hand, a spot in curva for tomorrow's return leg of the cup QF is a totally bargainous €5 so I can't complain. And all kids under 14 go free, in compliance with the Amato-Melandri post-Raciti laws against violence.
There was a queue outside the Roma Store and I had to wait some 10 minutes or so; when I got to the front of the line, the chap on the door looked at me in astonishment and said "you shouldn't be waiting! go inside now! go to the desk on the right, go on, go to the front of the queue!"
er... ok... in I toddled and up the stairs to the biglietteria, where I again waited in line. A moment later the doorman came huffing up the stairs behind me, took me by the arm and walked me to the front of the queue. "You shouldn't have to wait," he repeated, and turned to the guy in front of me: "sorry, but you must stand aside!" I was totally perplexed, and once he'd gone back out to mind the queue in the piazza outside, I apologetically resumed my place in line behind the guy who had, after all, been there first.
Tickets bought, I made my way out, where queue-bargey man again assailed me. "You waited, didn't you?"His tone was decidedly accusatory. "Er... um.. well yes, I did." "You mustn't! it's your right not to wait." "Um... why?"
"It's an absolute rule! Pregnant women and the disabled should never have to queue!"
oh god. I fled before he told me which of the two he thought I was...