WNT Dec 18, 2010
The Opening Match of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup will set a new European attendance record for women's football as 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash between host Germany and Canada on June 26 at Berlin's Olympiastadion (above).
The previous record was set on April 22, 2009, when 44,825 fans watched the international friendly between Germany and Brazil at the Frankfurt World Cup Arena. The Opening Match of the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Germany has already surpassed the attendance figures from the previous two editions of the tournament (28,098 at China 2007 and 24,346 at USA 2003).
The worldwide record for a FIFA Women's World Cup Opening Match was 78,972 for the duel between USA and Denmark at the Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey in 1999.
The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup also set an attendance record for a single match when a total of 90,185 spectators turned out to watch USA beat China as the Americans won 5-4 on penalties in the Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
"More important than the record is the fact that this positive trend is continuing, and more and more fans are taking an interest in women's football both in Germany and around the world. I'm looking forward to a fantastic Opening Match in front of 74,000 spectators in Berlin," said Local Organizing Committee President Steffi Jones. A total of 430,000 tickets have already been sold for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Individual tickets are still available until December 31, 2010 via the official internet site www.FIFA.com/germany2011.
The fourth sales phase starts on January 20, 2011. If ordering in this phase, fans can specify alternative pairings for their preferred matches. Subsequent allocation of tickets will be on the basis of a random lottery draw.