Jun 6, 2024 - News

Red Stars shooting for the NWSL attendance record

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Mallory Swanson in action May 5 in San Jose, California. Photo: Karen Hickey/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The Chicago Red Stars could break the all-time attendance record in the National Women's Soccer League with their upcoming match at Wrigley Field.

Why it matters: The Red Stars are capitalizing on the surge of interest in women's sports.

  • Saturday night's match will be the first-ever NWSL match at Wrigley and the first women's sports event there since 1944.

Between the lines: The Red Stars are co-owned by Laura Ricketts. The Ricketts family owns Wrigley Field.

By the numbers: The NWSL attendance record (34,130) is held by the Seattle Reign for Megan Rapinoe's final match.

Zoom in: Wrigley Field holds 41,000-plus, but officials expect to sell 37,000 seats after reconfiguring the stadium.

  • The last sales update on May 23 said the team had sold 22,000 tickets.

The big picture: The Red Stars have an opportunity to reintroduce themselves to Chicago sports fans.

  • The team is looking to move from SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, lobbying the state to build their own stadium in Chicago.

If you go: The game is at 6:30pm vs. Bay FC. Other activities around Wrigley will be open to the public, including the Red Stars' Family Fan Festival, starting at 10am at Gallagher Way.

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