WSL smashes attendance record with games to spare

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England’s Women’s Super League has set a new cumulative attendance record for the division with six rounds of the 2023-24 season still to play.

Some 717,721 fans have attended a WSL match so far this season. The previous record was 689,297, which was set in 2022-23 and covered a completed 132-game season.

The new record has been set in just 96 fixtures, with over 36 games still to be played this season. The record was surpassed over the weekend as Chelsea attracted a club-record attendance of 32,970 for its win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this month, Arsenal Women made history by selling more than 60,000 tickets at Emirates Stadium in back-to-back fixtures. Arsenal beat North London rival Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on March 3 in front of 60,050 fans.

That attendance, which came on the back of a WSL record of 60,160 against Manchester United on February 17, saw the team’s average crowd figure surpass the 35,000 mark for this season.

Each of the WSL’s four highest attendances have been set at Emirates Stadium, with 54,115 fans attending the match against Liverpool in October and 59,042 fans watching the London derby against Chelsea in December.

Traditionally, Arsenal Women play games at the 4,500-capacity Meadow Park, but the club is scheduled to play six of its 11 home games at the Emirates during the current campaign.

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