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Fans face last chance to grab Euro 2016 tickets

Time is running for fans hoping to land tickets for Euro 2016 in France next year with the initial ballot to close on Friday. Millions of ticket applications have been made. Here's how to make yours.

Fans face last chance to grab Euro 2016 tickets
Time is running out for tickets for Euro 2016. Photo: AFP

Football fans hoping to come to France next summer for the Euro 2016 tournament need to act quickly if they want to get tickets.

They have until midnight on Friday July 10th to try to get their hands on a ticket for a match.

Last month Uefa put one million tickets on sale through a general ballot and since then they have been inundated with applications.

The latest figure given by Uefa revealed that over 3.7 million applications had been made for tickets. That figure was on June 20th after the ballot had been open for 10 days.

But for those who haven’t yet applied there’s no need to panic. The tickets will not be dished out on a first come first served basis, but in a ballot.

To apply for tickets you will first need to register an account, which you can do by clicking here.

So all you can do is cross your fingers and hope. 

But there will be another chance to purchase tickets in March/April 2016 when Uefa opens their resale site for fans who want to sell the tickets they have purchased.

No tickets will be sold at the stadiums themselves on the day of the matches.

Around 250,000 tickets will be offered at the €25 price, which will be available in 43 of the 51 matches.

For the quarter-finals, the cheapest price will be €45, then €65 for the semi finals and €85 for the final.

In order to ensure the success of this great festival of European football, we wanted a ticketing policy that was in line with our lofty ambitions for the tournament,” said Euro 2016 SAS president Jacques Lambert.

“We wanted a ticketing procedure that was user-friendly and transparent, in which everyone – no matter where they were in the world – had the same chances of obtaining tickets via a single portal.”

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EURO 2016

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy

Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than €200 million ($211 million) but brought some €1.22 billion into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday.

Euro 2016 gave France billion euro boost to struggling economy
Photo:AFP

There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat.

The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs.

But Euro 2016 brought 1.221 billion euros into the country both in tourism and spending directly related to the organisation of the tournament, according to data compiled by the Centre of the Law and Economics of Sport at Limoges University (CDES) and the consultancy firm Keneo.

In calculating the figures, researchers took into account the loss from potential tourists who would have stayed away from France to avoid the tournament, as well as the state funds which could have been used elsewhere had they not been set aside for venues.

The average tournament visitor spent 154 euros a day, with most of that going on accommodation and eating out, the study said, with tourism providing a 625.8 million euro boost to the country.

UEFA spent some 360 million euros on organising the tournament in the country, while 24 participating teams gave the economy a 34.9 million euro boost.

Accredited persons for the event spent 34.8 million euros while in the country, and sponsors 22.6 million euros, according to the figures.

Last January the CDES predicted Euro 2017 would bring in 1.266 billion euros in additional expenditure, or 0.1 percent of France's GDP.

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