UEFA has announced that all existing tickets for Euro 2020 will remain valid for the rescheduled 2021 tournament after confirming all 12 original host cities will be able to stage games.
The Executive Committee of European football’s governing body today met via videoconference and took several decisions regarding the regulations, format, calendar and venues for a variety of club and national team competitions impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
For Euro 2020, all 12 original host cities in 12 different countries have been confirmed as venues for the football tournament, including Wembley Stadium in London which will host the semi-finals and final.
Copenhagen will also host its four games despite concerns that Denmark’s capital city was also due to stage the start of the Tour de France in the summer of 2021.
UEFA launched the ticket refund portal for the event in May, and for ticket holders who are unable to attend the new dates, there will be a final opportunity to request a refund from June 18 to 25.
UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said today: “UEFA took a bold decision when it decided to postpone Euro 2020. But in doing so, we created the space which has allowed domestic club competitions across the continent to resume, where possible, and play to a conclusion.
“While the game has suffered huge difficulties as a result of the pandemic, those blows would have landed much harder if we had not shown leadership in those early days.”
Prior to the event’s postponement, UEFA revealed that more than 28 million ticket requests had been received for the football tournament, despite only three million tickets being available.
The governing body also revealed it would be using a blockchain-based ticketing system to distribute Euro 2020 passes to fans’ mobile phones. The digital tickets will only produce active QR codes via Bluetooth once fans are in close proximity to the venues, in a move designed to deter ticket scalping.
Image: Wembley Stadium