By Rui Matos Pereira
UEFA EURO 2004™ will take another major step towards the final tournament on Monday 28 April when tickets officially go on sale. Jos de Kruif, head of ticketing at Euro 2004, S.A., has told www.euro2004.com that now is the time for fans to act if they want to secure their place in Portugal next summer.
Mr De Kruif, who also headed the ticketing operation at EURO 2000™, has urged supporters wanting to attend the festival of international football should log on to www.euro2004.com on Monday. "Supporters who want to be part of UEFA EURO 2004™ have to realise that they have to apply for tickets now!" he said. "There is already a huge demand for UEFA EURO 2004™ matches, particularly for the opening match and the knockout stages.
We have already received an enormous amount of phone calls, emails and letters from enthusiastic supporters all over the world. We have learned that for a lot of people it does not matter which teams qualify for the final tournament - they just want to be part of a great football event so they can see top quality action and enjoy the ambience."
'Safe and secure'
Mr De Kruif believes that using www.euro2004.com as an outlet for tickets is "quicker and easier" than it would be to apply via a standard paper application form, as well as acknowledging that it is "very safe and secure". Euro 2004, S.A. has high expectations for the ticket buying process.
"The technology used makes applying through the internet very user-friendly," said Mr De Kruif. "The step-by-step instructions make it is easy to understand - you cannot make mistakes. Moreover, people will immediately receive a receipt confirming their application which clearly summarises their transaction."
Ahead of tickets going on sale on Monday, Mr De Kruif concluded: "EURO 2000™ was the first major football event where tickets were sold using the internet. We are now four years down the line and have used our experience to improve the process and make the tool even easier to use. We are very confident that huge numbers of supporters will apply for tickets via the official website for what will be a fantastic tournament."
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