Eurovision 2020 has sold out of its first round of tickets within half an hour of going on sale yesterday (Thursday).

More than 80,000 fans entered an automatic online queue in a bid to obtain tickets to the song contest, which is scheduled to be held in Rotterdam next year.

The organising broadcasters NOS, NPO and AVROTROS guaranteed that everyone who had accessed the ticketing website before 12:00 CET would be granted a random place in the queue.

The Eurovision ticketing plan included a separate site for each show in a move designed to divide ticket buyers and prevent system crashes or glitches.

In addition, Eurovision tickets have been set up to require the buyer’s name to counter reselling at price increases above the face value.

The organisation also said that local fans in the Netherlands bought up the majority of the tickets.

Fans who failed to obtain tickets in this first phase of sales will get another chance in late January and again in the last round of sales in mid-March.

Ticket prices for the semi-finals range from €18.50 to €158.50, with the tiered pricing structure including three different shows and five separate tiers. The cost of a ticket to see the final live show in a tier 1 seat is set at €248.50, while fans can also get a ticket for the family show in a limited view seat for €48.50.

The event will take place between May 12 and 16 at the 16,426-capacity Rotterdam Ahoy arena in the Netherlands, following the country’s victory at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Image: Rotterdam Ahoy