New record: 21,491 fans pack Lumen Field for OL Reign NWSL semi-finals match

Sunday’s crowd at Lumen Field nearly doubled its previous attendance record, according to OL Reign.

SEATTLE — The OL Reign saw a record 21,491 fans at Lumen Field in Seattle on Sunday night for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) semifinals. The team said it was her largest independent mass in the club’s history.

“The passion of the team combined with the passion of the fans, it’s an energy that you don’t see anywhere else,” said fan Alyssa Flaherty.

The OL Reign was completed against the Kansas City Current. The Reign were the top seeds in the NWSL playoffs while Kansas City was No. 5. However, despite many goal attempts, The Reign fell 2-0 to Current, ending the 2022 season.

“An incredible season in our new home [Lumen Field] and YOU made the noise!” The team tweeted after Sunday’s game. “Thank you to every single one of you who made it today and all season – there’s no better place than home.”

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The Current now plays the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship.

The Reign were hoping to make it to the Championship for a third time. Sunday’s game left fans wanting more.

“You watch some of the best football games in the world. You’re missing out if you’re not here,” said fan Ellen Goddard.

The Thorns have won two NWSL championships in 2013 and 2017. It’s been quite a journey for Kansas City, who finished last season bottom.

The NWSL Championship takes place on Saturday, October 29 at 6 p.m

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Emma Bowman

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