Record crowds descend on Women’s College World Series

Fans cheer during a Women’s College World Series game between Oregon State and Florida at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City on Thursday. (Sarah Phipps/USA TODAY NETWORK)

The Women’s College World Series already is off to a record start, putting up historic attendance numbers in the first two sessions.

The first session, which featured Texas upsetting UCLA and Oklahoma run-ruling Northwestern, saw 12,282 people in attendance at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Session two, in which Florida beat Oregon State and Oklahoma State took down Arizona, featured 12,320 fans in attendance.

Official capacity for Hall of Fame Stadium stands at 12,300 after renovations in 2019 added an upper deck.

The 2021 Women’s College World Series saw big attendance numbers as well, with the total attendance registering at 115,514, which averaged out to 11,551 people per session. This year’s numbers stand to break that record if the strong showings continue.

Numbers have been up in other areas of the tournament as well, with the Super Regional’s Game 3 matchup between Texas and Arkansas bringing in more than one million viewers. It’s the most-viewed softball regional or super regional game ever across ESPN networks.