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Gotham FC break ticket sales record amid worst-to-first turnaround

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Ifeoma Onumonu (center), Lynn Williams and Yazmeen Ryan celebrate after Gotham FC's May 21 win against OL Reign. (Michael Thomas Shroyer/USA TODAY Sports)

Gotham FC are surging to start the season, and fans are buying in.

The New Jersey-based club is on track to break its attendance record in its next home game, with more than 10,000 tickets already sold for the June 4 contest against the San Diego Wave at Red Bull Arena. The ticket sales total is also a single-game record for the club.

At the end of last season, Gotham sat at the bottom of the league table with just 13 points and a 4-1-17 record. In the 2023 season, boosted by a new coach in Juan Carlos Amorós and several key offseason pickups, the team already has surpassed its points total and its wins total from 2022.

Gotham’s 16 points rank first in the NWSL one third of the way through the season, and the team’s five wins are tied with San Diego atop the league. The defense has allowed just seven goals through eight regular-season matches, knotted with the Washington Spirit for the lowest total in the league. And star forward Lynn Williams, who joined Gotham via trade in the offseason, is tied for the league lead in goals with five.

The success on and off the field has brought with it renewed excitement, as evidenced by the demand for tickets for the upcoming Pride Night match against the Wave.

Gotham’s previous ticket sales record stood at 9,500 for an August 2019 match against OL Reign, which brought a record 9,415 fans to Red Bull Arena. For its June 4 match, the club is on track to fill the 11,000 seats in the lower bowl of the arena, so it has opened ticket sales in the upper bowl for the first time.

“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,” Gotham FC acting president Nan Vogel said in a statement. “In this record-breaking moment for the club, we look forward to giving our fans a matchday to remember.”