Euro 2012

All tickets are lucky (but not all fans)

12.04.2012 | By Ihor Levenstein

The sale of tickets for EURO 2012 matches is entering the final stage. In the second half of April the last tickets go on sale through the national federations of the participating countries, but not many are left

There are very few tickets remaining for sale for five EURO 2012 matches, says UEFA President Michel Platini. As strange as it may seem, one of the matches will be held between the top-seeded teams of England and France in Donetsk. The organizers say that some fans who ordered the tickets in advance for the match were intimidated and discouraged by the high prices of accommodation and flights.

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Nevertheless, Director of EURO 2012 in Ukraine Markian Lubkisvkiy is convinced there will be no empty seats in the house in either Ukraine or Poland. He said tickets that are not bought by the quota of their federation (10%) will be available for sale to fans of the second team competing in the match. This option for ticket sales will apply to matches in both Ukraine and Poland.

Only two categories of tickets for EURO 2012 matches are still available. The first category is high-priced tickets for corporate clients and the second is tickets at regular prices that are almost sold out. Tickets of the first category will be available for sale for another two months.

VIP packages are still the best bet for getting into a stadium to watch a match live. While not everybody can afford a ticket with a price tag of EURO 2,900 to enjoy sitting in the VIP zone of the stadium, the organizers of the main event promise that such an expensive form of entertainment will pay off in the end.

There are two categories of such tickets that give their buyers the pleasure of sitting in the business box gold and platinum Box rental for 7 hours (three hours before the match, the match time and two hours after the match), a buffet dinner during the match, including wine and beer, invitation to a dinner at a restaurant, entertainment before and after the match, a parking place and souvenirs from EURO 2012 are included in the price of these deluxe tickets. A total of 60,000 tickets for Ukrainian and Polish stadiums were allocated for the VIP sets. As a reminder, these tickets can be booked on the official UEFA website in the Hospitality section.

Football fans will also have a chance to try their luck in prize draws for tickets to EURO 2012 matches held by official sponsors of the tournament. For example, the PR Manager of a Ukrainian media holding company Natalia Ivanchenko won two tickets for the final match at a sponsor party organized by Coca Cola Ukraine. President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine Serhiy Bubka drew the lucky business card from a glass ball. I am so thrilled. I would never have thought of a better gift for my husband, said Ivanchenko.

Meanwhile, UEFA is summing up the results of ticket sales on national quotas, which ended in March 2012. Soon, tickets that have not been sold for matches in the group stage of EURO 2012 that the Ukrainian team will compete in will be transferred to the Football Federation of Ukraine, said Assistant Director of EURO 2012 Ivan Fedorenko. He said according to preliminary estimates very few tickets left that will be sold to registered fans that placed an order for them.

There are no tickets left for the Ukraine vs. Sweden match. As for other matches, as soon as UEFA completes summing up the results of ticket sales, we will have precise figures and know what the additional quota for the Ukrainian federation will be, Fedorenko stated. As a reminder, the starting quota for FFU was 26,000 tickets.

Fedorenko also noted that based on the results of the additional sale of tickets that will end in May, final and precise information about how many fans will come to Ukraine for the championship from which countries and to which host city will be available.

For the moment, all tickets that have been sold are on a virtual basis and exist only in the form of database entries in the corresponding subdivisions of UEFA and national football federations. Only two weeks prior to the start of the tournament, which begins on June 8, will the tickets be printed and sent by mail to their lucky owners. Such measures were taken to avoid speculation and abuse.

Be that as it may, many fans are disappointed with such methods of ticket sales. For example, representatives of Dynamo Kyiv fans known as Ultras said that due to the limited availability of tickets to watch matches live as a group, the fans will instead travel to Crimea to watch televised matches.

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