How much do the tickets cost ?
Long before the start of the tournament, price brackets were announced, with more expensive tickets for matches later in the tournament, and prices varying by location (London and Munich are more expensive than Budapest or Bucharest, for example. ).
For the semi-finals, there are four price brackets: Category 1 (€ 595), Category 2 (€ 345), Category 3 (195) and Fans First (€ 85).
Most Fans First tickets have been awarded to national associations and not generally sold.
For most of the last fortnight, the only tickets listed for this match were in categories 1 and 2. However, over the past two days, category 3 tickets have always been available for purchase, and sometimes some at Fans First award. Athleticism spoke to a fan who bought three tickets for € 85 each at 12:48 pm BST on Tuesday.
Where are the seats of the different categories?
Ahead of the tournament, UEFA published a brochure showing how the seat categories would work. He said Category 3 – the “cheap” tickets to the semi-finals, priced at € 195, would be behind the goals.
however, Athleticism spoke to several fans who have purchased tickets for Tuesday’s game in recent days and been allocated their seats which are in the Category 1 or 2 positions near the halfway line.
“UEFA has decided to reclassify the seating plan for the semi-final between Italy and Spain due to the inability for away fans to attend the match,” said a spokesperson. “This impossibility has led to ticket returns and UEFA has decided to make these tickets available at cheaper prices to give more fans the chance to attend the match.”
Why are banknotes so difficult to change?
Normally, thousands of people would come from Italy and Spain to watch the game.
However, both countries are on the UK’s ‘orange list’, which means arrivals must self-quarantine for at least five days. Russia, where Spain’s quarter-final was held four days ago, and Germany, where Italy beat Belgium, are also on the orange list.
Of course, there are a lot of Spaniards and Italians in the UK, but a large part of the crowd will likely be London-based neutrals.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s clash: “I think it’s quite unfair if I’m perfectly honest.
“We’d better play in front of any crowd rather than play in front of a small number of people; that’s what’s great about football and entertainment in general. But I think it’s very unfair that we don’t have half the stadium full of Italian fans and half the stadium full of Spaniards.
These logistical problems, combined with the extremely high prices, meant that many tickets were still available on the same day.
“Almost 60,000 tickets were sold for this morning’s match and the remaining tickets can be purchased until kick-off via euro2020.com/tickets,” a UEFA spokesperson said.
What about the other matches?
England’s semi-final against Denmark – and the final, which could see England captain Harry Kane lift the trophy at Wembley – is a different story.
These games have been listed as “sold out” for the past few days.
However, tickets have reappeared regularly in the short term, so keep checking the official UEFA portal if you are interested.
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