The San Diego Wave made historical past on Saturday night time by shattering the single-game NWSL attendance file of their debut fixture on the new Snapdragon Stadium.
A sellout crowd of 32,000 followers watched because the Wave took on fellow NWSL enlargement crew and in-state rivals Angel Metropolis FC. The Portland Thorns held the earlier file, when internet hosting the North Carolina Braveness at Windfall Park in 2019 in entrance of 25,218 supporters.
“It feels unimaginable to win for our followers, and as somebody who has been concerned on this recreation for 30 years, I’ve waited for this second,” San Diego Wave head coach Casey Stoney instructed reporters after the sport. “This was such a momentous event for ladies’s soccer, and I’m simply so happy to be part of it.”
Saturday’s match additionally featured the biggest crowd in any skilled ladies’s soccer recreation in the USA since 2001.
Previous to the brand new venue, the San Diego wave performed at Torero Stadium, which has a capability of 6,000 spectators. Although followers crammed the earlier location in assist of the crew, Snapdragon Stadium allowed for the brand new San Diego Wave followers to rally.
The night time paid off for the enlargement crew, as 17-year-old Jaedyn Reese Shaw scored the profitable purpose to increase the Waves’ lead atop the NWSL desk. With solely two common season video games left, the San Diego aspect is anticipated to be a frontrunner within the postseason.