The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which is currently taking place across Australia and New Zealand, is on track to become the best attended in the competition’s history.
Today, the 1.5 millionth ticket was sold, with this year’s tournament already breaking the record for ticket sales last week.
The milestone tickets were purchased by Maria Strong, who was organising a family outing to the Group G fixture between Italy and Argentina at Auckland’s Eden Park. Italy went on to win the game 1-0.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino met with the family and offered them the opportunity to attend the remaining games in the tournament at the Auckland venue.
“It was great to meet the family that has bought the 1,500,000-ticket, they are a family from Auckland with three children and they have a passion for the game,” said Infantino.
“I enjoyed my time with them, and it was a real pleasure to invite them to every game here in Auckland, so they can enjoy more family time here at this wonderful stadium. Every match at Eden Park so far has had a great atmosphere and I’m sure the upcoming matches will be the same.”
With the sale of 1.5 million tickets, the sales target has now been passed five days into the competition. It also means that this year’s Women’s World Cup is set to be the most attended, surpassing the previous record held by the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
The opening matches in the tournament also saw record attendances for a women’s football game in Australia (75,784) and New Zealand (42,137).
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 will run until August 20.