UEFA has revealed a 75 per cent surge in applications for Euro 2020 tickets compared to the last staging of the competition four years ago.
The window for ballot applications closed on Friday, with UEFA now revealing that 19.3 million applications were made during the four weeks in which it was open for the pan-European competition to be staged in 12 countries. That compares to 11 million for the event held in France in 2016.
UEFA said last Wednesday that 14 million applications had been made – which means an incredible 5.3 million requests were made in the final 48 hours before the window closed.
Fans hoping to watch the Wembley Stadium final will be relying on lady luck as 1.9 million applications for 43,500 currently available tickets means they have a one in 44 chance of success. UEFA said demand for final tickets at this stage was double the level of demand for tickets for the final of Euro 2016 at Paris’s Stade de France.
More than 540,000 applications were received for the opening game, which will be held at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on June 12 – approximately eight times the venue’s capacity.
After the semi-finals and the final, the highest level of demand for tickets was for the group stage matches in Munich and Amsterdam.
UEFA said: “On average, each fan applied for 14 tickets for games over at least two venues: proof of how the public have embraced the tournament’s unique format, with matches being played in 12 European host cities.
“Applications were received from 213 countries: a clear indication of UEFA Euro 2020’s global reach.”
The highest demand for tickets among locals was in St Petersburg, where approximately 81 per cent of applications came from within Russia. Aside from the host nations, there has been strong demand for tickets from fans in neighbouring countries, including Poland, France and Austria.
Around half of the three million total tickets for the finals were made available during the first ballot window, which was open between June 12 – July 12.
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.
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.