As England fans will soon discover whether they have been amongst the lucky few to get tickets for Euro 2016 in France this summer, a price study has shown that it could cost up to £11,500 to watch their team to all the way to the final. The figure includes real costs for travel, insurance, accommodation, food and drink, plus tickets bought on the open market.
Theoretically the luckiest fans who get officially allocated the cheapest category 4 tickets by UEFA for England’s group games against Russia, Wales and Slovakia, plus the round of 16, quarter finals, semi final and final, should the team go all the way, would pay a total of just £228.68 for all 7 tickets. If they get category 1 seats from UEFA all the way through, they would cost £1,678.29.
However, UEFA allocated the FA a combined total of just 23,520 tickets spread across the three group games in France, but England have predicted around 50,000 fans will travel. Category 4 tickets all the way to the final at open market prices online would cost on average £4,872 in total, which is more than twenty times the price of the face value tickets. The category 1 equivalent total rockets to £8,021, almost five times the cost of the face value Uefa allocated tickets.
According to money saving website Voucherbox.co.uk, taking a trip to France for the month long duration of the tournament on a budget would cost England fans around £950 for travel, insurance, accommodation, food and drink. Combining that figure with the cheapest official combined face value tickets for all England games would mean it is theoretically possible to watch the team go all the way to the final for around £1,200.
For those who are not aiming for low costs, combining travel, insurance, accommodation, food and drink would be around £3,500, which combined with purchasing category 4 tickets on the open market would bring the total cost to a huge £8,500. If they go for category 1 tickets, the total costs for attending rises to more than £11,500.
Category 4 and 1 tickets for England’s showdown with Wales costs £19.38 and £112.40 respectively at face value, but are reselling on the open market for an average of £564 for category 4 and almost £800 for category 1. The average price of a category 4 ticket for the final costs around £2,000 on the open market, more than 30 times the face value price of £65.
Fan groups have criticised UEFA’s ticketing policy protest saying that smaller nations such as Albania and Iceland have received a higher allocation than England. Fans of Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are in a similar predicament as there is huge demand for the tickets for all their games, so buying on the open market is the only option for thousands who will travel to France.
England supporters have so far been officially allocated just 10,720 tickets for the opener against Russia in Marseilles in 11th June, 6,080 for the 16th June Wales game in Lens and 6,720 for the 20th June Slovakia match in St Etienne.
Shane Forster, UK Country Manager for Voucherbox.co.uk commented, “The cost of attending football matches domestically and internationally has been increasing significantly for some time now. As the tournament is so close to home this year, the combination of a high demand and a small allocation have forced the ticket prices up in the open market. We would advise fans to not spend more than they can afford, and if you can’t get into the stadiums, watching the games in fan parks is also a great experience with your mates. That way you might save some of your cash for getting the beers in”.
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