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Gotham FC sets single game ticket sales record for upcoming match against San Diego Wave

Gotham FC has broken a ticket sale record for its upcoming match against the San Diego Wave, and for the first time in club history additional seating will be opened at Red Bull Arena.

The Harrison-based franchise announced Tuesday it has sold more than 10,000 tickets for its Pride Night match on June 4. The 5:30 pm game will feature some of the biggest names in women’s soccer, with national team stars on both sides of the pitch. .

“We are excited to see the momentum around our June 4 match against the San Diego Wave, as we prepare for a Pride Night celebration and the in-stadium matchup of World Cup stars across both teams,” Nan Vogel, Gotham’s acting club president, said in a statement. “In this record-breaking moment for the club, we look forward to giving our fans a matchday to remember.”

The club will also open additional seating in Red Bull Arena’s upper bowl for the first time in team history. The club said it’s on track to fill the entire 11,000-seat lower bowl at the rate tickets are being sold. The franchise said its previous all-time ticket sales record was reached on Aug. 18, 2019, with 9,500 tickets sold for a match against OL Reign. The soccer-specific arena has a sell-out capacity of 25,000.

Currently in first place

Gotham FC currently sits at the top of the National Women’s Soccer League table with a 5-2-1 record and 16 points. The Portland Thorns, San Diego Wave and Washington Spirit sit in second, third and fourth, respectively.

The June 4 match against San Diego features two star-studded squads. Gotham’s starting roster includes midfielder Kristie Mewis, defender Kelley O’Hara and forward Lynn Williams. San Diego’s roster includes forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Taylor Kornieck and defender Naomi Girma.

The NWLS schedule runs through October, with plenty of women’s soccer still to be played inside Red Bull Arena. This year’s calendar includes the newly revamped Challenge Cup, which is being played throughout the season for the first time.

World Cup this summer

Some of the team’s top stars will also head to New Zealand and Australia for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, where they will represent their home countries for the month-long tournament that kicks off in July.

Gotham FC will host a World Cup sendoff match for some of those players on June 25 during its match against the Chicago Red Stars and USWNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. The match will also coincide with the franchise’s annual celebration of Juneteenth.

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