I’m so glad I wasted 1 hour and 40 mins of my life this morning on the Principality Stadium Fanzone website.
What was wrong with the old turn up, first come first serve basis? Least there would be no epic wait.
Apparently I’m not the only one who waited forever and then missed out – not at least according to this ITV News article (below).
Also why only 20,000 tickets when the stadium holds 80,000???
And why get rid of the other 6,000 Fanzone at Coopers field, why not have both and what are they doing at Cardiff City Stadium?
If anyone has two spare tickets to the Principality Stadium or a suggestion of Where else in Cardiff to go for great atmosphere, please tweet me on @Welsh_Sport
Fans’ anger as Principality Stadium fanzone tickets sell out Principality Stadium
Wales football fans have taken to social media to express their anger after tickets to the Cardiff fanzone sold out after an hour and a half.
The Principality Stadium will screen the Wales v Portugal semi-final in front of 20,000 people tomorrow evening.
Fanzone tickets were available from 10am this morning on a first-come-first-served basis, with a maximum of four tickets per person.
But after the Principality Stadium tweeted to say the event had sold out, dozens of fans began complaining of long queues and technical errors.
BREAKING: Due to overwhelming demand the Wales v Portugal screening event is now SOLD OUT! #togetherstronger
11:35 – 5 Jul 2016
Alan Edwards tweeted: ‘What a waste of time. Been in the queue since before 10 and didn’t even make it close to being able to book’.
Carys Haf said: ‘Why was I told the queue time was 30-60 minutes to not even be shown onto the site until after it had sold out?’
@principalitysta this ‘error’ kept happening and I was though an hour ago https://t.co/4dy4RzWegc
12:15 – 5 Jul 2016
Awel Evans tweeted: ‘I managed to get through the loading page, but it won’t let me add [the tickets] to the basket?’
Cormac O’Keefe said: ‘At ten past ten the system went down. Think they need to look at their systems to cope with demand’.
Among the disappointed fans was Mark Jones from Pontypool, who had campaigned for Cardiff to have a Euro 2016 fanzone in the first place.
He told ITV News: “I’m heartbroken. The whole idea of switching to the Principality Stadium was so more people could go. And yet, I campaigned for it, I haven’t missed one fanzone – and now I can’t go”.
Read: Fan who campaigned for fanzone misses out on ticket
A spokesperson for the Principality Stadium apologised to disappointed fans but said the demand for tickets was “overwhelming”, with “tens of thousands of people” joining the site at 10am.
Fans wasted no time at all getting hold of their tickets to tomorrow’s screening of Wales v Portugal – with 20,000 tickets snapped up just over 90 minutes.
Tomorrow’s match is the biggest in Welsh footballing history and I am delighted the venue has stepped in to guarantee more fans can gather for the match. We’re working closely with the FAW, Cardiff Council and South Wales Police to make sure this is a great occasion.
I also want to extend a huge thanks to Speedway who have made special arrangements in their own planning to make this possible.
– MARK WILLIAMS, PRINCIPALITY STADIUM MANAGER
There are a number of other Fanzones across Wales, where fans can watch the semi-final – click here to find out more.
Last updated Tue 5 Jul 2016