Barcelona and Real Madrid have broken the attendance record for a women’s football match in history: 91,553 spectators watched the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals live at Camp Nou on Wednesday. By far, the best public record held was the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China. In that duel 90,195 people gathered at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
Barcelona have won 5–2 (8–3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals) and advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The current figure is more than the highest record in a women’s club match. On March 17, 2019, 60,739 people visited Wanda Metropolitano to watch the match day 24 of the league match between Atlético and Barcelona. The Classic also held the record in the Champions League, which belonged to the 2012 final between Olympique de Lyon and FFC Frankfurt (50,212). What’s more, this Wednesday’s match at the Camp Nou surpassed the highest so far this season, with 86,422 spectators watching the men’s Barcelona-Real Madrid match.
“I can’t imagine it,” said Barcelona captain and emblem Alexia Putelas, when he learned that tickets were sold out. “Finally,” said Putelas; “I only saw men. I knew I could play football, but I didn’t see it possible to play it in these dimensions. This can open a lot of doors for a lot of girls. I am very proud that Barca have made this possible. It can mark a before and after in Barcelona, in Catalonia, in Spain and around the world. Barcelona is the biggest club and they have that loudspeaker which makes great use of it.” On 20 December it was known that Barcelona and Real Madrid would meet for the first time in the Women’s Champions League. The Barca club put 90,000 tickets on sale and saved the remaining capacity (9,354) for Protocol, UEFA and rival fans. In less than a month, tickets ran out. Barca members can withdraw up to four free tickets. “The truth is I didn’t expect tickets to sell out so quickly. It was a boom”, commented Mappy Lyon.
This morning, the club sold tickets (16 euros) that were not used for protocol. “They sold out too,” reveals a source in Barcelona. “When I was little I couldn’t dream of playing sports in stadiums like Camp Nou. This means that our sport is a sport that everyone wants to watch”, claims Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen. In the quarter-final matchup, almost all clubs chose the larger stadiums: Bayern (Allianz Arena, 75,024 spectators), Juve (Juventus Stadium, 41,507), Arsenal (Emirates Stadium 60,260), PSG (Parque de de Princes 47,929), Olympique de Lyon. (Park Olympique Lyonnais 59,186), and Wolfsburg (Volkswagen Arena 30,000). Except for Barcelona, of course. The only one that did not provide the biggest inflows to their region was Real Madrid. The first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona was played at Alfredo Di Stefano. The Spanish football classic, in any case, already holds its record.