February 14 – Ticket demand for the one-off pan-Continental European Championship this summer, being staged in 12 cities, has gone through the roof.
Euro 2020, which runs from June 12-July 12, is being played across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the competition.
UEFA say they have received approximately 28.3 million requests for 2.5 million available tickets, double the number sought in the last edition of the event.
In the ticketing sales phase for fans of already qualified teams in December, a record 8.9 million tickets – more than three times the number in the same phase for Euro 2016 – were requested. The month-long general public sales from June 12 last year had 19.3 million ticket applications, UEFA added.
The final, which will take place at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 12, has attracted over 714,000 ticket requests – almost eight times the capacity of the ground.
“The match between France and Germany, which will be staged in Munich on June 16 attracted 710,000 requests,” UEFA said in a statement.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has long cast doubt on the wisdom, logistically, of his predecessor Michel Platini’s decision to hand the tournament to large swathes of Europe
But UEFA were quick to play up the impact of ticket requests. “Significantly, 64% of ticket applications came from fans within host countries, emphasising that UEFA Euro 2020 will bring football closer to more local fans than ever before,” UEFA said.
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