Due to huge demand, the stadium capacity for the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final has been increased and the recently built Friends Arena in Solna will be fully open for Sunday's showpiece. The stadium's complete capacity is 50,000.
Originally, the top tier was not to be opened for the match, but the demand for the 30,000 tickets meant that last week half of the top tier was made available. However, tickets for those 10,000 places have been selling so fast that UEFA and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) have now decided that the whole tier will be open. At the moment, it is not possible to determine the exact maximum capacity for the final for technical reasons, as arrangements for the ceremony, camera positions, media lighting and other factors will affect the numbers.
"We want to give as many football fans as possible the chance to say, 'I was there,'" tournament director Göran Havik said. "We know it is some time before we in Sweden can experience another European Championship final on home turf."
Organisers have also released more tickets for Wednesday's semi-final at Gothenburg's Gamla Ullevi between hosts Sweden and holders Germany. The game is set to be a sell-out, as are both of today's quarter-finals between Norway and Spain in Kalmar and France and Denmark in Linkoping, in addition to the semi-final between the winners of those ties in Norrkoping on Thursday. Several group stage fixtures were also sold out, with the previous record for tournament ticket sales of around 129,000 in Finland four years ago long since surpassed.
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