It was an early morning.
It was a very early morning.
The next and final round of ticketing for Euro 2016 opened at 6:00 am today. This ticketing is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Sleeping in was out of the the question.
Coffee was made as the laptop and the tablet were fired up.
And then began the waiting.
UEFA’s system works differently than the Ticketmaster-style of first-come, first-served ticketing that we’re used to. With UEFA’s this system, you’re basically parked in a virtual waiting room. The system incrementally lets individuals in to shop for tickets, presumably to keep the website from overloading.
Then, when you get into the system, you have 15 minutes to shop for tickets before you’re booted out of the system and have to begin the process all over again.
We were in the waiting room for three hours.
And then we just got really, really lucky. The first-come, first-served tickets are seats that are being resold by the original purchaser. So, there’s no rhyme or reason to how they’re posted on the site and made available for purchasing. It just happened that, as we were frantically refreshing the site for the tickets we wanted: a pair popped up.
The Last 16 match in Saint-Étienne, here we come!
We were prepared to dedicate the day (okay, the entire month that this ticketing round was open) to obsessively refreshing the webpage until we secured the tickets we wanted but it turns out that all it took was one (very long) morning.
It turns out that we are ticketing wizards.
Ticketing wizards who have officially secured all of our tickets for this summer’s European Championships!