USWNT's Philly Stop Could Break All-Time U.S. Attendance Record
The U.S. Soccer Federation said that "over 40,000 tickets have been sold" for the USWNT's World Cup victory tour game against Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 29, according to Jonathan Tannenwald of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. That figure "smashes the all-time crowd record" for the USWNT in the Philadelphia area, which "has stood" since the '03 Women's World Cup. The USWNT's group stage game against Nigeria on Sept. 25 of that year "drew 31,553." As of now, it will be the "second-largest crowd for a stand-alone" USWNT game in history. The record is held by Pittsburgh: 44,028 fans attended an 8-0 win over Costa Rica in '15 that was the "first home game after that summer’s World Cup triumph." The USWNT haven not played at Lincoln Financial Field since Sept. 13, 2008, when 13,176 fans watched a friendly vs. Ireland (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/8).