Before heading on to Lyon and the EURO 2016 adventure, we all had two days of intensive training ahead in Stade de France (Paris), where the opening match of UEFA EURO 2016 will be played as well as the final to see who would earn the precious trophy (Henri Delaunay Cup)…

Wet, wetter, wettest!

On Monday morning I left the hotel for a walk to Stade de France. What should have taken me 15 minutes, took over 45 minutes in the pouring rain. From one gate I was sent to the other, it seemed nobody understood where I had to be. I saw a girl who was also looking for something and figured out she was on the same search. Did I mention already that it was raining cats and dogs?! We both arrived late and soaking wet, the ideal moment for a portrait picture for our badge. At least I was not the only one and we were right on time for the start of the first sessions. Afterwards I figured out Magali would work in Stade de Marseille during the EURO’s.

Everyone had to write down a fun fact about him/herself and it didn’t seem that easy to do. I wrote down “je suis Belge” (I am Belgian) and that I still had no accommodation in Lyon yet, one day before the start of the journey. The people found it funny though :).

 

Fun facts and first acquaintance

Once arrived everything went smooth, from accreditation to the training room. As an icebreaker, everyone had to write down a fun fact about him/herself. Note to self: this isn’t easy to do. I wrote down ‘je suis belge (I am Belgian) and that I still had no accommodation in Lyon yet, one day before the start of the journey. The people found it funny :). We received a card with another name on it and the goal was to find that particular person. My contact’s fun fact: “In 1998 I was six years old and I remember that I was watching the first game of the French national team on my dad’s shoulders. Now I will work during the coming tournament and I will never forget the feeling”. That guy turned out to be Pierre-Louis, who is already working for Olympique Lyonnais at the moment and will become part of the ticketing team at Stade de Lyon.

 

The training started early at 08h00 with a presentation of the UEFA/EURO 2016 project in general, stadium area and ticketing project. In the afternoon we had a specific training with the stadium ticketing team. I got to know the rest of the team and was surprised to see Sofie (another Belgian), as I already knew her from my time at ESSMA. She gained a lot of experience outside her fan marketing/ticketing background during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Next to this I got to know Kanitha, Canadian and from French origine, who will become my direct colleague and who was involved in the organisation of FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada (2015). Loïc, who is currently ticketing manager at OL and Hervé (worked for Montpellier rugby for a long time) are the others to complete the team and they both have the French nationality.

In the corridors we figured out that about 40 people were chosen for the EURO 2016 ticketing team out of +400 submissions. 

The first day was closed with a staff team dinner from all 10 venues/host cities. A good moment to do some networking and to talk about our different backgrounds. The evening ended way too late, but the teams already formed a whole and it was a good sign for the rest of the journey. In the corridors we figured out that about 40 people were chosen for the EURO 2016 ticketing team out of +400 submissions. Lucky us!

Dedicated training for the Stadium Ticketing Team

Day two also started early at 08h00 with dedicated training per position. We followed stadium dedicated sessions with presentations per mission. As Stadium Ticketing Coordinator I will support the Venue Manager & Venue Ticketing Manager in each area: action inside & outside stadium bowl, signage, volunteer management, seat checks, supporter flow & seating,..

The full group followed presentations on volunteer management, security, working tools, etc.. The day ended with an open forum and Q&A.

 

Luckily my colleagues Sofie and Hervé would provide shelter for me, otherwise I would have spent my first night in Lyon underneath a bridge…

 

And so the journey begins…

The same evening we travelled from Paris to Lyon by train, to really start the adventure.. Luckily my colleagues Sofie and Hervé would provide shelter for me, otherwise I would have spent my first night in Lyon underneath a bridge… as I didn’t find any accommocation before my travel to Lyon. Thank you guys!
Next time I will bring live coverage from Lyon.

A bientôt! Bisous! XxX

 


EURO 2016: general & ticketing figures

  • 24 teams
  • 10 venues/cities
  • 51 matches
  • 1 month of competition in total
  • 2,5 million of tickets
  • 4 price categories
  • There was no physical sale of tickets, only online via euro2016.com