The UEFA Women’s European Championship begins on July 6 with hosts England taking on Austria at Old Trafford.
Tickets for the tournament became available for the first time last year and UEFA is expecting it to be the best-attended tournament in its history.
A record 240,000 fans attended the 2017 tournament in the Netherlands, which was won by the hosts who played all their matches in sold-out stadiums. This year, more than 700,000 tickets were made available to fans and the initial ballot for tickets saw requests from 118 countries around the world.
The final at Wembley was six times oversubscribed after 53,000 tickets were sold during the pre-sale. Community groups across England were given priority access before general sales began and were still able to buy up to 100 tickets at a time.
Despite criticism from some players about the small venues – particularly Manchester City’s Academy Stadium – half of the 10 venues have a capacity of more than 30,000. With less than two weeks to go, let’s see how the ticketing situation is.
Are there any tickets left?
Tickets for England’s opener at the 74,000-capacity Old Trafford are sold out, as is Brighton and Hove Albion’s match against Norway at the American Express Community Stadium.
At the time of writing, a limited number of tickets were still available for the home-nations match with Northern Ireland at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, but are likely to be snapped up soon.
Northern Ireland are set to play all their group games in Southampton and tickets are also available for their clashes with Norway and Austria.
Four matches from the group of death featuring Germany, Spain, Denmark and Finland are still on sale, as well as all six matches in Groups C and D.
Tickets remain for the quarter-finals between the Group D winner and the Group C runner-up, with the other three sold out.
The semi-finals in Sheffield and Milton Keynes are still on sale, with the final at Wembley sold out within 24 hours in March and more than 87,000 set to break the record for the highest attendance for a women’s football match. Tickets have been sold.
How can you buy tickets?
Tickets are available from the official UEFA ticketing portal at UEFA.com. It can be tricky to navigate, but once you’re in it’s easy enough to choose which match you want to attend.
Prices start at £5 for under 16s but the final price is £50 for an adult general admission ticket. Group stage matches not involving England have a top price of £20 for adults and £10 for concessions, but Category 3 adult tickets for these matches can be bought for just £10.
Hospitality packages are available at seven of the 10 venues and start from £39+ for a ticket which gets you a complimentary drink, lounge access and a Category 1 match ticket.
If you’re feeling extra fancy and want to experience the match from a VIP box, tickets start at £130 ex VAT per person for the group stages and rise to £199 ex VAT per person for the final. You can follow @WEUROTicketing on Twitter for more updates.
How many tickets have been sold so far?
UEFA confirmed on Friday that a record 500,000 tickets had been sold ahead of the tournament, with 20 per cent of those sales coming from the UK. Tickets have been sold to fans in 99 countries around the world, organizers said.
Last year, 162,000 tickets were sold in the initial pre-sale period, with the November ballot attracting 268,000 applications.
The average age of ticket holders is between 25-45 and 47 percent are women. It may seem strange that excitement is so high that half of all tickets remain unsold, but there is hope that sales will continue as the tournament continues and football fever grips the nation.
Concerns remain about attendance numbers at games not featuring the Lionesses, despite a record-breaking summer for the women’s game in Europe.
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