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Champions League Final 2011 Tickets

UEFA Champions League Final 2011

Today sees the launch of 11,000 tickets to the general public to be entered in to a draw to get a ticket for the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium on 28th May 2011. Thinking of getting a ticket? Well it would seem that buying a ticket to see the greatest club football competition in Europe wont be as easy as you would first think. Lets take a look at the logistics of the final:

Today sees the launch of 11,000 tickets to the general public to be entered in to a draw to get a ticket for the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium on 28th May 2011. Thinking of getting a ticket? Well it would seem that buying a ticket to see the greatest club football competition in Europe wont be as easy as you would first think. Lets take a look at the logistics of the final:

  • Wembley Stadium has a capactiy of 90,000 with 86,000 tickets made available for the final (4,000 seats are lost due to separating fans etc).
  • Each finalist will receive 25,000 tickets to be sold via the clubs themselves
  • UEFA will put 11,000 tickets on general sale made available via a ballot system on the UEFA website

So far we have accounted for 61,000 tickets that are being made available quite fairly, no problems here. So where are the remaining 25,000 tickets going? The remaining tickets are all being kept for the… ‘UEFA family’. Yes those lovely chaps who love the game and have attended 0-1 games in the past 5 years. That is 25,000 tickets for the friends and sponsors of UEFA so if you happen to work for Heineken, Mastercard, Sony, Unicredit, Ford et al, then you stand quite a decent chance of attending the final.

This isn’t a new problem, it has been around for years when it comes to major competitions, finals and things like the world cup. But it does always raise the question of ‘What about the real fans?’.

Ok enough whining (for now!), lets move onto the cost of a ticket if you are lucky enough to get hold of one. The tickets have been ranked into 4 categories and cost:

Category 1 – £300
Category 2 – £225
Category 3 – £150
Wheelchair – £80
Admin fee – £26

Prices have gone up for the third year running to a staggering £300 for a category 1 ticket. Add to that a £26 admin fee and the cost to see the game is huge. A £300 ticket will buy you a season ticket at many clubs in the UK. So what is UEFA’s reasoning behind the price increases? Well they seem to think it is reasonable with UEFA’s director of competitions, Giorgio Marchetti stating

If you compare this to other world events, it is still relatively cheap. What would I say to those who want to bring their families? These are the prices and yes they’ve increased. These are the prices for the Champions League final, the most marketable sporting event in the world. When you compare it to other events, it’s our belief this is very reasonably priced.

Reasonably priced for someone who earns the salary he does maybe, but what about the real fans? The ones who could name a starting 11, subs and youth team stars of their favourite clubs. Well in an attempt to encourage children to the final UEFA have released a youth package which consists of 1 adult ticket and 1 youth ticket for £338…… With Manchester United and three London based clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham still in the competition the demand for tickets in England has never been higher.

And just to put the icing on the cake, the price of a Category 1 ticket for the Europa League final in Dublin…… €135 (£114), Bargain!

Wembley Stadium

UEFA are opening up their ballot of 11,000 tickets to general public between 24th February – 18th March 2011. Winners will be notified on 2nd April. UEFA Website.

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