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NWSL sets new opening-week attendance record

More than 90,000 attended a game across opening weekend of 2023 season.

28 March 2023 Josh Sim

San Diego Wave

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has broken its opening-week attendance record after more than 90,000 people watched a game across the first round of the 2023 season.


  • NWSL averaged 15,002 fans across six games, surpassing the previous record of 10,150 set last season
  • San Diego Wave’s 3-2 win over the Chicago Red Stars at Snapdragon Stadium was played in front of 30,854, a record for the largest attendance at an NWSL home opener 
  • Angel City’s home defeat to Gotham FC watched by 22,000, while Portland Thorns’ victory over Orlando Pride at  Providence Park sees 15,204 through the gates


Interest in the league continues to grow this season, with NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman revealing earlier this month there was a 20 per cent increase in season ticket holders from last year.

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The NWSL will be buoyed by the strong attendance start and have designs on eclipsing the record crowd for a single game, which was set last season when 32,000 watched San Diego Wave’s 1-0 win over Angel City on 18th September 2022 at Snapdragon Stadium.

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