The previous record was the 17,358 fans who packed Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. on May 9, 1997 to watch the USA defeat England, 5-0. Single tickets went on sale yesterday morning at 9 a.m. and game organizers report that just over 9,000 seats remain for the match, which will be played as a doubleheader with two other Women's World Cup teams as Brazil faces Australia. The USA vs. Canada game will kickoff at 2 p.m. PT and be broadcast live on ABC.
"I'm not surprised that Portland was the city to break the record," said U.S. forward Shannon MacMillan, who played her college ball at the University of Portland along with U.S. teammate Tiffeny Milbrett. "Tiffeny and I are always bragging about what a great soccer community Portland is. It was the fans themselves who got the Women's World Cup to come to Portland because of the turnout and the excitement they generated for the men's game against Costa Rica during World Cup qualifying."
Tickets are available by calling 503/224-TIXX, Civic Stadium or any Fred Meyer FASTTIXX outlet. For group discounts, call 503/525-8000. Ticket prices are $20, $28, $48 and $100 for premier.
The USA-Canada "Send-Off" match will be the final game of the NIKE Road to Pasadena Tour and the last match before the Americans begin Women's World Cup play on June 19 against Denmark at Giants Stadium in New Jersey (Kickoff 3 p.m. ET on ABC).
"The Northwest has always been a fantastic area for men's and women's soccer and I know the players are excited and looking forward to a great send-off match in Portland," said U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco. "The opportunity to play in front of the kind of crowd that will be at Civic Stadium is a special one and I know the team will put on a great show heading into the Women's World Cup. "
Civic Stadium will also be the site of two Women's World Cup doubleheaders on June 23rd and 24th, featuring Japan vs. Russia, China vs. Ghana, North Korea vs. Denmark and Germany vs. Mexico.
The U.S. Men's National Team has played two matches at Civic, one in September of 1997 against Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying that drew a raucous sell-out crowd of 27,369 and the other in May of 1998 against Kuwait just prior to the World Cup that drew over 25,000.
Fans are being encouraged to "wear white" to the game on June 6th to show their support for the U.S. team. Organizers expect a Civic Stadium crowd bathed in white to cheer the USA into the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.