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Barcelona sets new women’s football attendance landmark

FC Barcelona Femení has set a new record attendance for women’s football after 91,648 fans watched its Champions League semi-final match against Wolfsburg at the Camp Nou on Friday.

The figure surpasses the previous record of 91,553, which Barcelona set last month for the El Clasico match against Real Madrid. Before that, the record attendance for a women’s football match was 90,185, which was set back in 1999 during the FIFA Women’s World Cup final between the US and China at the Rose Bowl.

Friday’s record crowd witnessed a dominant performance from Barcelona as the home team ran out 5-1 winners against Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie.

Barcelona organised a number of activities for young supporters and families, such as an urban space with a skate park and scooters; a competition space with 3×3 basketball and 3×3 futsal; a sports space with racing simulators; a family space with face painting, women’s table football and a snoorkball court; and a stage with live music performances.

Friday’s attendance meant that the previous record only lasted 23 days. Prior to the match last month, the record attendance for a women’s club match was 60,739, which was set when Atlético Madrid hosted Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019.

Barcelona’s women’s team usually plays its matches at the smaller Johan Cruyff Stadium, which holds about 6,000 fans. Its Champions League matches have been held at the Camp Nou to take advantage of its higher capacity, with cheaper tickets made available to fill the stadium as much as possible.

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