Tickets for this summer’s Euro 2022 final at Wembley have sold out in under an hour, according to the official UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Twitter account.
This year’s competition, which will be the 13th edition of the Women’s European Championship, will be held in England, having been postponed by 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
England last hosted the tournament in 2005, when it featured just eight teams, but Euro 2022 will see 16 nations compete.
Ten venues will be used in total, including Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford and St Mary’s Stadium.
Demand for the tournament, in general, has been extremely high, with tickets only released early on Monday morning.
And the official Euro’s ticketing account confirmed that tickets for the final at Wembley, which has a capacity of 90,000, have already sold out.
Demand was extremely high for the Final and all available tickets have now sold-out. Additional tickets may be released at a later date however this is not guaranteed. Make sure you keep following us for the latest updates.— Ticketing – UEFA Women's EURO 2022 (@WEUROTicketing) March 28, 2022
“Demand was extremely high for the final,” they tweeted. “And all available tickets have now sold out. Additional tickets may be released at a later date, however, this is not guaranteed. Make sure you keep following us for the latest updates.”
Equally, England’s group-stage matches against Norway at the Brighton Community Stadium and against Northern Ireland at St Mary’s are both sell-outs as well.
Euro 2022 final could break attendance record
The speed at which tickets sold out speaks volumes about the growth of women’s football and the desire to watch games live this summer.
To put the enormity of this into context, the largest attendance ever at a men’s Euros final is 79,115 in 1964, when Spain beat the Soviet Union at the Santiago Bernabeu.
As the Telegraph’s Tom Garry has pointed out, it’s therefore “very possible” that this year’s final might break the record for the highest attendance ever in a Euros final.
To try and put this into some perspective, the men's Euros finals' largest-ever crowd is 79,115. It's therefore now very possible that the record attendance for a Euros finals fixture may soon be a women's game #WEURO2022 https://t.co/WlWr3nM3b0— Tom Garry (@TomJGarry) March 28, 2022
Though there is every chance that some tickets are yet to be sold and being saved until a later date, the early signs are very promising.
The 2017 Women’s Euros final between the Netherlands and Denmark drew a crowd of 28,182 at the De Grolsch Veste Stadium, while Germany’s 1-0 win over Norway in 2013 attracted a crowd of 41,301 at the Friends Arena in Sweden.
When is Euro 2022?
This year’s tournament is set to take place in the heart of the British summer and starts on July 6th, as England take on Austria at Old Trafford.
The tournament will run until July 31st, with 31 matches to be played in total.
VAR and goal-line technology will both be used in the tournament.
Russia did qualify for the tournament but have been suspended following the county’s invasion of Ukraine.
UEFA have yet to announce how their suspension will impact the tournament.