Megan Rapinoe’s OL Reign is chasing a record crowd for a US women’s league football match when she makes her final appearance next month.
The Seattle-based team has already broken its own record of 21,491 through advanced tickets for the match against Washington Spirit on October 6.
Now the team has expanded capacity to the upper bowl at Lumen Field as it aims to beat the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record of 32,000 set by San Diego Wave FC last season. Lumen Field, the home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has a capacity of 68,700.
“October 6 will be a very special day in Seattle as we come together to celebrate a global icon playing in her final home game of the regular season,” said Michelle Haines, OL Reign’s vice-president of ticketing and marketing. “Megan has proudly represented this club and our city for over a decade, so we’re prepared to pack Lumen and honour her during this final stretch of her career.”
OL Reign has an average attendance of 7,897 during the 2023 season, which is up around 15% year-on-year.
Rapinoe, the 2019 Ballon d’Or Féminin winner, is a two-time World champion following the US’s successes in 2015 and 2019. She appeared for the US on 202 occasions, scoring 63 goals, between 2006-2023.
The NWSL broke its attendance record at the start of this month when the current season surpassed the 1,060,978 who went to games in 2022. According to figures released at the start of September, the new attendance mark included a record 11 regular season matches with more than 20,000 fans in attendance, nearly triple the amount from 2022.