Scotland fans are finding out if they have been successful in getting Euro 2024 tickets – but won’t know until next month if they will be seeing their own team in action.
UEFA has finalised the first wave of ticket allocations for next year’s finals in Germany, with 20 million applications received from 206 countries and 1.2 million tickets available at this stage.
Applications from fans in the host nation made up 65% of the total, with tickets for the opening game and the final dwarfing the demand for the other matches but there’s still been fierce competition to get a seat at any of the 51 games in the tournament.
With only nine teams qualified, and 15 places still up for grabs, nobody knows which teams will face each other, so the ticket ballot is for fixtures at specific stadia on specific dates, and fans are buying tickets only to find out on December 2 who they will see playing.
The organisers set November 14 as a deadline to tell people if they had been successful or not, and fans are receiving e-mails or checking UEFA’s website for updates.
For those fans who have been successful, they will have paid anywhere between €30 and €1,000 for their tickets and can now start planning a memorable trip to the finals next summer. For those who haven’t managed to get a ticket, or want to be certain they see their own team in action, there’s still hope.
The next batch of tickets will be released when there’s a lot more detail about what’s on sale.
UEFA will hold a tournament draw ceremony on December 2, when the 24 qualified teams will be drawn into four groups and possible paths all the way to the final will be clear for everyone involved.
At this stage, only hosts Germany, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Turkey have earned their place in the tournament, with the final qualifying group games to take place over the next week and the play-offs in March finalising the line-up.
Following the draw, UEFA will make another one million tickets available, working in partnership with each nation’s football association to distribute the allocation fairly. With the governing body promising that 80% of tickets will be going to supporters, it’s been reported that around 9,500 tickets will be given to each country per game.
Tickets will also be held back for the winners of the play-offs in March so that supporters of successful teams can see their side play at the finals.
A ticket resale platform will allow fans to offer their tickets for resale at face value via EURO2024.com/tickets
The 2024 European Championships will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14 next year.
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