Tickets are now on sale for UEFA EURO 2004™, the European football showpiece taking place between 12 June and 4 July next year in Portugal.
Open to all
Fans will be able to watch the best 16 teams in Europe in ten stadiums across Portugal and the opportunity to apply for tickets is open to everyone. Ticket prices start at €35 and some 450,000 will be on sale.
Applications can be made in www.euro2004.com. Application forms are also available in CTT post offices in Portugal and through the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and at match venues. It is possible to apply for up to four tickets for any match, but applicants cannot request tickets for two matches on the same day. There will be just three price categories at each stadium, helping to create a simple and transparent system.
Individual supporters can apply for a ticket at any price for any match without having to buy a series of tickets. At the end of the general sales period on 16 June, for those matches which are oversubscribed there will be a draw, on a match-by-match basis, in order to select the successful applicants.
Follow My Team tickets
UEFA and Euro 2004, S.A. have also created a limited number of new Follow My Team tickets. These will enable supporters to make online reservations so that they can follow their chosen team throughout the final tournament if the team qualifies. In order to ensure that as many people as possible have a chance of attending matches, it will not be possible for supporters to apply for both individual match tickets and Follow My Team tickets.
Again, if the Follow My Team tickets are oversubscribed, the successful applicants will be decided by a draw. The use of the draw to select successful applicants where matches are oversubscribed is to ensure that everyone has an equal chance. This approach has been approved by the European Commission and will be supervised by the civil governor responsible in Portugal.
Majority for fans
More than three-quarters of the tickets will be made available directly to football supporters. Thirty-eight per cent of all tickets will be sold directly to the general public and a further 39 per cent will be sold to supporters through their national associations. In addition 13 per cent will be reserved for the tournament's sponsors and partners, while five per cent will be allocated to the media and five per cent for corporate hospitality.
For every match each participating association will be offered 20 per cent of the stadium capacity, with a guaranteed minimum of 6,000 tickets for its supporters.
Distributed next year
All applicants will be informed before 31 July if they have been successful and, if so, the tickets that they have been allocated. In the autumn of 2003, any tickets still available following the general sales period will be sold on a first come first served basis, via www.euro2004.com. The actual match tickets will not be distributed until May 2004, for security reasons.
UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner, said: "I am delighted that today we will commence the sale of tickets for the UEFA European Football Championship in Portugal next summer. This is another significant milestone in the organisation of a successful tournament."
'Transparent and efficient'
Dr Gilberto Madaíl, FPF president and chairman of the board of Euro 2004, S.A., promised "a transparent and efficient procedure". He added: "One of the main objectives of the final tournament of UEFA EURO 2004™ is to have the stadiums full of people, a fundamental element to this huge football party and in particular to the development of Portuguese football."
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