San Diego Wave smashes NWSL attendance record with 32,000 crowd vs. Angel City FC

The San Diego Wave broke the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) single-game attendance record after a sell-out crowd of 32,000 in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Southern California rivals Angel City FC.

The game was the first of the Wave to be held at the new Snapdragon Stadium on San Diego State University’s Mission Valley campus.

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The previous record for a standalone game was 25,218, set back in a 2019 match at Providence Park between the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage.

“This is a great reflection of the dynamism we’re seeing in women’s sports,” San Diego Wave FC President Jill Ellis said when the club announced a sell-off earlier this month. “We sold all of our inventory, it’s amazing. We should celebrate that, but we should now expect big crowds for women’s professional sport.”

Snapdragon Stadium opened last month after two years of construction. The Wave will share space at the new venue with the varsity football team and the San Diego Legion of Major League Rugby in 2023.

The Wave is in its inaugural season in the NWSL and previously played at the 6,000-seat University of San Diego Torero Stadium.

Under head coach Casey Stoney. The expansion team has had an impressive first season in the NWSL and went into play third in the league standings on Saturday. The top six teams in the 12-team competition will qualify for the playoffs, which are set to begin next month.

The Wave is spearheaded by Alex Morgan, the amazing USA women’s national team who have scored 15 goals so far this season as the league leader.

“I think it’s a testament to women’s soccer in the US and the NWSL and the San Diego Wave and what we’re building here,” Morgan told ESPN last month when it was first announced that the Wave was selling enough tickets had to break the attendance record for one game.

“Seeing that number today, now and just knowing we’re going to get a sell-out is just an incredible feeling because this club has set their sights on breaking attendance in a single game in league history. They have done that now, but now the goals don’t stop for this club and I’m just very proud to be a part of it.”

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Emma Bowman

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