UEFA’s pan-continental Euro 2020 has attracted a record number of ticket applications, with fans having just a 1 in 10 chance of success in the forthcoming ballot.
New figures issued by European football’s governing body show that 14 million applications have already been made for 1.5 million tickets. The first ballot window, which opened on June 12 and has attracted entries from 207 countries, closes on Friday.
UEFA said the total so far surpasses the number of applications during the equivalent sales window for UEFA Euro 2016, which was staged in France and was the first to feature 24 teams.
Next year’s competition will be held in 12 European countries, with the semi-finals and final at Wembley Stadium in London. UEFA said there have been 1.5 million requests for semi-final tickets and 1.3 million requests for the final.
In an update on interest, UEFA said the venues with the most ticket requests other than Wembley are Munich’s Allianz Arena and Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff ArenA, both of which will host three group matches and a knockout game.
Demand for tickets among locals is highest in Saint Petersburg, London and Budapest as more than 50% of tickets requested in these cities have been ordered by supporters from the host country. Saint Petersburg has the highest local demand with 86% of ticket applications coming from Russia.
On average, fans are applying for 12 tickets per application in at least two venues with 51% of fans applying for tickets in more than one venue
“This shows they are embracing the unique format of the competition, with 12 different venues around Europe,” a UEFA spokesperson said.
Euro 2020 tickets are offered in three price categories, with the host cities allocated to two pricing clusters. The first cluster includes Amsterdam, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and St Petersburg. Prices for tickets to cities in Cluster A are spread out at €50 (£44/$57), €125 and €185.
Cluster B includes Baku, Bucharest and Budapest, in which tickets are priced at €30, €75 and €125.
Tickets for all venues will be allocated by a random ballot conducted at the end of July. UEFA said fans will know the outcome of their applications by mid-August 2019 at the latest.
Unsuccessful applicants will be entered into the UEFA ‘Fans First’ programme, ensuring they will be the first to know about any future opportunities to purchase tickets.
The next opportunity to apply for tickets will be in December 2019 (after the finals draw) when tickets will be made available to fans through the participating national associations.