The countdown to the biggest football event ever to come to Glasgow is on.
Wednesday 12 June marks one year to go until the first whistle of UEFA EURO 2020 and also sees the official launch of the ticket application window at euro2020.com/tickets. Fans across Europe can apply for tickets to games in each of the 12 host cities, including Glasgow, with applications open for a month until 12 July 2019.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “The countdown is well and truly on for UEFA EURO 2020 in what promises to be another great sporting event for Glasgow and Scotland. Events play a key role in our visitor economy and we look forward to welcoming football fans from across Europe to celebrate the special 60th anniversary of the tournament.”
Scottish footballing legend John Collins, who was part of the last Scottish squad to play at a European Championships in 1996, was at the national stadium to help celebrate the milestone.
Collins, who featured in all of Scotland’s three matches at Euro 96, before scoring a famous goal against Brazil at the FIFA World Cup two years later, encouraged the Scottish public to get involved in what’s set to be a historic tournament:
“To play with Scotland at Euro 96 was an incredible experience and something that still stands out as a real highlight of my career. I remember the excitement that gripped the nation during that tournament and now with EURO 2020 coming to Hampden Park next year, I expect we’ll see a similar groundswell of support.”
“Regardless of whether Scotland qualify, we’ll be treated to a carnival atmosphere across not only Glasgow, and Scotland, but across Europe so I’d encourage everyone to get involved and submit their applications during the ticket window.”
With 51 matches taking place across 12 nations for the first time ever, this EURO will be closer than ever to the fans. Hampden Park will host 3 group matches (15, 19, 23 June 2020) which will include two home games for Scotland if they qualify, and a round of 16 match (30 June).
The opening game will be played in Rome’s Stadio Olympico on Friday 12 June 2020, while Wembley Stadium will host the two semi-finals and final, with the new European Champions crowned on Sunday 12 July 2020.
As Glasgow prepares to add another jewel to its event crown, the city will be in festival mode as football fans from both home and abroad celebrate this special tournament. Fan zones are expected to welcome thousands to enjoy outdoor entertainment, guaranteeing a spectacular and accessible experience for fans, families and visitors alike.
Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Our city is one of the top five sporting cities in the world and, just this week, we were also announced as the first-ever European Leading Festival and Event Destination. Events such as EURO 2020 are an integral part of building and maintaining our reputation on the world stage – and we are so proud to play our part in this historic event.
“In the biggest-ever football event to come to Glasgow, we will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see some of the world’s best sporting action right on our own doorstep – so I’d encourage all the football fans in the city to get their ticket applications in before 12 July!”
Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing said:
“UEFA Euro 2020 will be another opportunity to showcase Scotland to an international audience in line with our National Events Strategy and will further enhance our reputation as a welcoming football nation. Passionate supporters from Scotland and across Europe, celebrating the best of football, will no doubt make for a very special atmosphere.”
With ticket applications now open for the extravaganza, here’s everything fans need to know about EURO 2020 tickets:
- Fans are encouraged to apply for UEFA EURO 2020 tickets now, with the application window open from 12 June 2019 at 13.00 BST until 12 July 2019 at 13.00 BST via euro2020.com/tickets.
- There will be 50% more tickets available to the general public for UEFA EURO 2020 (1.5 million) than at UEFA EURO 2016 (1 million).
- There are three ticket categories available in each host stadium. In general, category 1 tickets are mainly central, category 2 tickets are mainly in the corners, and category 3 tickets are behind the goals.
- ‘Follow my team’ tickets will be available in November 2019 - a specific sales phase for the fans of up to 20 participating teams will be launched after the final tournament draw on Saturday 30 November 2019. The remaining four teams participating in EURO 2020 will be determined in April 2020 after the European Qualifiers play-offs.
- Tickets will be available at every match for people who require wheelchair access. Wheelchair users will have a space reserved for them and can request a seat for an accompanying person. Tickets for persons accompanying disabled visitors are complimentary. All tickets for disabled supporters are sold at the lowest price category, regardless of their location in the stadium.
- The ‘Fans First’ programme will ensure any ticket returns will always be offered to fans that were unsuccessful in the lottery phase first.
- For details of the hospitality packages that are available to purchase at Hampden Park visit: https://hospitality.euro2020.co.uk/.
- The UEFA EURO 2020 Volunteer Programme has also launched. Click here to find out more information.