CHICAGO – More than 44,100 tickets have been sold for the U.S. women’s national team match against Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Aug. 29.
That broke the record for the largest crowd for a stand-alone friendly game for the American women. The match is the second of the 2019 Victory Tour.
The mark for a stand-alone friendly – a game that was not a part of a World Cup, Olympics or a doubleheader – was set during the first match of the 2015 Victory Tour after that year’s Women’s World Cup triumph when 44,028 fans came out to Heinz Field, home of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, to watch the team defeat Costa Rica 8-0 Aug. 16, 2015.
The crowd in Philadelphia will be just the second stand-alone friendly in USWNT history with more than 40,000 fans and would be the first to hit 50,000 if it reaches that mark. The crowd at The Linc already will be the 10th largest in U.S. history on home soil, with the nine games in front of it being six 1999 World Cup matches, two 1996 Olympic matches, and a doubleheader with the U.S. men’s national team in 1998.
The crowd of 37,040 for the USA’s first Victory Tour match, held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 3, is the third largest stand-alone crowd for a friendly in USWNT history.
This will be the fourth match in Philadelphia proper at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The USA has played six matches just south of Philadelphia in nearby Chester, Pa., at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union (MLS).
Philadelphia is the de facto hometown of U.S. legend Carli Lloyd, who hails from Delran, N.J., located 18 miles from Lincoln Financial Field. Lloyd recently visited the Eagles training camp, where she kicked a 55-yard field goal that quickly went viral. The City of Brotherly Love is also the residence of 2019 FIFA women’s player of the uear nominee Julie Ertz, whose husband Zach is an All-Pro tight end for the Eagles and a Super Bowl champion.