Recent reports out of Denmark have stated that many of the nation’s football fans are going to watch this summer’s Euro 2012 tournament from the safe and comfortable surroundings of home. The reports said many Danish supporters don’t want to travel to Ukraine, which is co-hosting the event with Poland, because the country has the reputation of being dangerous and expensive.
Because of these fears, ticket sales for the Danish team’s games haven’t been selling very well. There are 10,000 tickets available in Denmark for supporters, but just 10 per cent of them, 1,000 tickets have been sold so far for the country’s three group stage games, as reported to GamblingNerd.com.
The Danish Football association said it doesn’t think all of the available tickets will be sold, and isn’t really sure how many fans will end up going to support their team. When Denmark qualifies for a major football tournament there’s usually a lot of interest in the country. The football association said because of this, they have held an emergency meeting to try and figure out how to drum up some more interest in Euro 2012.
Denmark’s three group games are all scheduled to take place in Ukraine, in the cities of Kharkiv and Lviv, which are about 540 miles away from each other. The association said some of the prices that have been quoted in Ukraine are pretty outrageous because people are jacking up their prices to ridiculous heights. They said people with a couple of extra beds are trying to become millionaires by over charging visitors.
The Copenhagen Post did a bit of investigating and found that a hostel in the city of Lviv was charging 2,000 kroner a night for a room that usually costs just 275 kroner during the summer. The football association said it’s going to publish a travel brochure that will be given out to fans. This brochure will focus on all of the positive aspects that Ukraine has to offer and how much they should be paying for things.
Racist threats have leaked out of Ukraine via the press which have said hooligans don’t want any Asian and black people in their country during the tournament which runs between June 8 and July. However, it’s expected that security will be quite high during the event. But perhaps the Danish Football Association is putting too much thought into the whole ticket-sales issue. Did they ever stop to think that the reason many fans aren’t bothered making the trip is because Denmark is in Group B, known as the group of death, with Holland, Germany, and Portugal?