Roll-up, roll-up: Tickets and pricing at the Euros
May 31, 2016
Prior to the Euro 2016 draw, more than one million tickets were made available for fans to purchase ahead of the tournament. Since that time, the number of available tickets has gradually dwindled with a number of matches now sold out just a few days before the finals commence.
For those of who are still interested in attending, however, there are some tickets that remain available for selected games. While these are hardly inexpensive, you will need to compare the market and act quickly if you are enjoy your preferred Euro 2016 game at first-hand.
How much do tickets cost?
In terms of pricing, UEFA have created four categories for their ticket sales. They include premium tickets in Category One, while Category Four features options with restricted views and less eligible seats. The prices reflect this, while tariffs are also adjusted according to the importance of the game in question. So while 145 Euros can buy an available ticket Category One at a group stage or round of 16 match, for example, this will cost approximately 895 Euros for the final.
Category Four tickets are relatively cheap in comparison, although many of these have been sold out after the authorities offered a 25% reduction earlier in May to increase demand. The price of these range from 25 Euros for a group stage and round of 16 game to 85 Euros for the final, and while these may deliver savings they only offer value for money if you are prepared to compromise on your view and the overall experience.
What tickets are still available?
There are still a handful of tickets available, including in excess of 500 Category One seats for the opening game between host nation France and Romania. Lower-key matches between Iceland and Hungary and Albania and Romania also have some availability, with Category One and Category Two tickets available here. The home nations have sold all of their tickets to date, with England’s matches sold-out within a matter of days of seats going on sale.
At present, there is little availability for the knock-out phases, with the prestigious final at the Stade de France also sold-out. It is important to keep any eye on the UEFA ticket portal over the course of the next week or so, however, as availability can fluctuate on a daily basis. For now, however, those who have yet to book and want to experience the magic of a major international tournament may want to consider securing a premium, 595 Euro ticket for the opening game and ceremony.
If not, you can at least enjoy every tournament game on terrestrial television and from the comfort of your own home. This is far preferable to travelling without a ticket, where any tickets that are available may be either extortionately priced or forgeries.