Red Stars break NWSL attendance record


NWSL Chicago Red Stars with new attendance record Image: Chicago Red Stars

The Chicago Red Stars set a new National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) attendance record with the historic ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match.

The Red Stars said some 35,038 fans flocked to Wrigley Field to witness the team take on Bay FC.

The NWSL is a professional women’s soccer league at the top of the United States league system. It is owned by the teams and, until 2020, was under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation.

The 41,649-capacity Wrigley Field is a stadium on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois (US). It is the ballpark of Major League Baseball’s (MLB’s) Chicago Cubs.

The ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match attendance surpassed the previous NWSL single-match attendance record, held by Seattle Reign FC.

The Reign’s October 15, 2023, match, commemorating the final regular-season home match of United States soccer legend Megan Rapinoe, drew 34,130 fans.

Within the first week of public on-sale, the Red Stars surpassed their previous attendance record of 17,338, which came in July of 2019 following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Chicago Red Stars president Karen Leetzow said, “On behalf of the Red Stars, I would like to thank all 35,038 fans and every person who helped us welcome this record-breaking crowd to Wrigley Field.

“Chicago has truly shown the country what’s possible when we level the playing field with a centrally located stadium that is easy to access, and give these world-class athletes the support they deserve. Our club could not be prouder to call Chicago home tonight.

“This historic match is not just momentous for the Red Stars, but for the NWSL and the future of women’s professional soccer. Tonight, Chicago proved once again that fans are hungry to witness the intense level of competition that exists on the pitch every week in the NWSL and around the world.

“Hosting this record-breaking crowd would not have been possible without the support of the Chicago Cubs, the Ricketts family and our sponsors. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the success of our ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match.”

Following the conclusion of the historic ‘Red Stars Take Over Wrigley Field’ match, the Red Stars will set out on a three-match road trip before returning to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois on July 6.

The club will host the Houston Dash for Kids Day, kicking off at 12:00 p.m. CT.

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