AP Photo/Susan Walsh
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
Pope Francis landed in the United States for the first time ever on Tuesday, where he was greeted by President Obama and then was whisked off in a special Fiat to start his six-day visit. His big entrance was surrounded by school children, the First Family, and of course, reporters and photographers who were scrambling to get a good shot of the Pope. Hopefully they all got something worthwhile, because the price to get a spot near the Pope in order to report on his visit is actually insane.
Care to guess the price outlets have to pay to get a good spot and all the upgrades during his stop in Philadelphia? Go on, guess! We'll wait. Think of a price and let's see how close you get...
Do you have your number? OK, so the price for a 12 foot by 12 foot "anchor" booth (read: the best spot) is $25,000.
$25,000! That's how much it'll cost you to get really good footage of the Pope, according to Politico. Of course, that's the best, most expensive package. You could pay less, but then you might be stuck in a crappy spot without a clear view of Pope Francis. Here is the breakdown of pricing for media coverage:
$25,000: 12 foot by 12 foot anchor booth, 20 amps power, a four by eight foot stand up position, 16 foot by 16 foot private office and a parking space for the satellite truck
$7,500: Stand up platform position
$4,500: Shared stand up position
$1,500: Seated platform position
$1,000: Workstation in the filing center, which means you aren't even near the pope; just reporting on his visit. This comes with a desk space, chair, power outlet, Internet and phone line.
One photographer told Politico that while it's pretty standard for media to pay for risers and the like during big events, these prices were a bit startling.
"It is not uncommon for media to share the cost of infrastructure and to purchase riser space. This is common at the conventions. However, this cost seems a bit high," they said.
Well, if you don't feel like paying $25,000 or you'd rather just follow the coverage on Twitter, the Internet is having a field day with Pope Francis' big Party in the U.S.A.:
Wondering if the Pope ever yells, ?To the Popemobile!? #PopeInDC— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) September 22, 2015
?Pizza Pope.? Just a suggestion.— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 22, 2015
OBAMA: seriously? Not now. BIDEN (more quietly): *hums the imperial march* #PopeInDC— Kyle *cue doves* (@kyle_thatisall) September 22, 2015
Two words I never thought I'd hear together: "Bulletproof Fiat." #PopeinDC— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) September 22, 2015
Crazy that the pope was wearing a Red Hot Chili Peppers shirt when he landed in dc— sibel (@sibelmy) September 22, 2015
In Spanish we call The Pope "el papa." Papa in Spanish means potato. There is a potato visiting our country and people are going nuts.— Tamara Yajia (@DancesWithTamis) September 22, 2015
Pretty cool that the Pope came all the way to America for the opening of The Intern.— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) September 22, 2015
POPE: Yeah yeah hi president guy. Anyhoo, where is Donald Trump? That guy is hilarious! OBAMA: Uuuuuh pic.twitter.com/apkrDGab2n— NinJar (@_NinJar) September 22, 2015
Remember: authorities say the phony pope can be recognized by his high-top sneakers and incredibly foul mouth. pic.twitter.com/jQs3mzIvEe— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 22, 2015
Pope just cut me off. Not what Jesus would do.— Josh Comers (@joshcomers) September 22, 2015
"You better believe Pizza Rat is going to heaven, baby!" - the Pope, to deafening New Yorker cheers— patrick (@pattymo) September 22, 2015
Enjoy your stay, Your Holiness! And, don't go to Costco while you're here, OK?