By Samindra Kunti
June 8 – Euro 2016 is set to be the best attended European Championship ever, but the opening match between France and Romania is struggling to sell out.
Earlier this week European football’s governing body, UEFA, released a final batch of tickets for its flagship tournament. Within hours the vast majority of tickets, including for knockout games, were snapped up, but the opening match remains a hard sell.
For weeks tickets have been available for the curtain raiser between the hosts and Romania this Friday at the Stade de France in Saint Denis. Fans can still purchase tickets in category 1, but it will cost them a very hefty €595.
Tickets for 14 other group games remain available as well, including Wales vs Slovakia, Spain vs Czech Republic and two fixtures of Portugal. The derby between Austria and Hungary hasn’t sold out either.
In general ticket sales for the European Championship have been highly successful and UEFA expects a giant party at ‘Le Rendez-vous’ this summer, with 2.5 million fans expected to flock to the ten different venues across France.
For the first time, 24 countries will participate in the finals. Spain are the defending champions. The tournament culminates on July 10 with the final in Saint-Denis, Paris.
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