WSL should keep staging games at men’s stadiums despite small crowds | Suzanne Wrack


Suzanne Wrack

Four of the opening weekend’s matches took place at clubs’ main stadiums with several factors affecting the low turnout

It would be easy to conclude that the low attendances in men’s stadiums on the opening weekend of the Women’s Super League season means games should not be played there but the opposite is true.

In 2019 records tumbled. On the opening weekend of the season 31,213 watched the first WSL Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium. The following day 24,564 filed in to watch Chelsea beat Tottenham 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. In November the record was broken again as 38,262 showed up for Tottenham v Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. These were showpiece fixtures, scheduled in men’s international windows to maximise ticket sales. At some these were given away; at others the price point was very low.

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