TICKETS FOR NEXT summer’s UEFA European Championships went on sale today – but Irish football fans are facing a wait to see if their applications are successful.
The continent’s football governing opened the ‘ticket hub’ for business but the process is not worked on a first-come, first-served basis.
With the purchasing window open until the end of February, those planning on heading to Poland and the Ukraine in June, and applied today, face a two-month wait.
Those tickets on sale are restricted to association supporters groups with the most loyal fans to be rewarded if the group games are oversubscribed.
“Each team will receive 16% of the overall net stadium capacity, or a minimum of 6,000 tickets, for each of their group-stage match. For quarter-finals and semi-finals, the number of tickets reserved is 5,000 per participating team, and for the final it is 9,000 per participating team,” a UEFA statement read.
Ireland have been drawn in Group C along with world and European champions Spain, Italy and Croatia.
Some fans were able to buy tickets on the website last week – though the process wasn’t officially open.