Ticket demand surges ahead of Women’s Super League season

Arsenal's Beth Mead of Arsenal greets fans at Emirates Stadium. (David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Women’s Super League is scheduled to begin its season Sept. 10 fresh off a record-breaking Women’s European Championship.

The first-time title run by the hosting Lionesses has had a ripple effect across the English domestic league, with more than 40,000 tickets sold for Arsenal’s game against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sept. 24. That puts the Gunners in line for the WSL attendance record.

“It’s been incredible to see the demand for tickets for the North London Derby,” Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall said. “You can really feel the excitement around the game at the moment so it’s amazing to see that translate into a record-breaking attendance – now it’s our job to repay that enthusiasm with a big performance in this crucial clash for our supporters.”

Less than a week after England’s win, the team had sold more than 20,000 in tickets for the game. The club later announced a record-breaking sale of 38,500 tickets, and the number has continued to grow.

In addition to Arsenal, defending WSL champion Chelsea has completely sold out of season tickets. Reading FC announced Tuesday that it has sold 500 season tickets, a new club record.

“The legacy of this tournament is a change in society. It’s everything we’ve done. We’ve brought everyone together,” said Leah Williamson in her post-match interview after England’s win.

“We’ve got people to come to (Euros) games and we want them to come to WSL games. The legacy of this team is winners, and this is the start of the journey.”