Fastest, cheapest, greenest: How will football fans choose which matches to attend?

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Fastest trip

Decisions, decisions! Based on what your objective is for attending matches, there are different ways to construct the optimal trip. See technical details on page 5 if you would like to learn more about how we collected data and prepared the optimisation model.

Our first objective is to visit all the stadiums and finish our trip as fast as possible. In this case, you have to use flights quite a lot. Without using exact flight information, we can come up with the optimal schedule as above.

Fastest trip details

The fastest trip starts in Munich with the game France vs. Germany and ends in Copenhagen with a round of 16 playoff game. By starting our trip on June 16 at 21:00 and ending it on June 29 at 19:45, the total time is 12 days, 22 hours and 45 minutes. We only skip two days (June 25 and 26), which are the gap between the group and playoff games.


About Author

Sertalp B. Cay

Sertalp B. Cay is an Operations Research Specialist in the Operations Research department within SAS R&D's Advanced Analytics division. He works on various topics at SAS including mixed-integer linear optimization, conic optimization, and black-box optimization. He maintains the open-source Python optimization modeling package, sasoptpy. He earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

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