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    The crowds

    Currently (16 March), the two semi finals and final in Lyon are listed as sold out, along with the opening match and the Nigeria-France and Sweden-USA group games. Sold out is of course an enigmatic and shifting concept in the fast moving and hospitality package orientated world of international sport.

    A ticketing email sent out before single matches went on sale cited the USA (25,000) and England (3000) as notable purchasers of ticket packages. Content possibly tailored for the English language mailout?

    Good runs for the hosts and the USA will be the biggest factors affecting how well the pre-sales translate into filled seats in the stadia at the business end of the competition, presumably.

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    Today in Madrid a crowd of more than 60,000 turned out to watch a women's game:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJXzsLu1rb4

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      #3
      39,000 for Juventus-Fiorentina today.

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        #4
        What are people's opinions on the free-ticketing policy that helped both of those huge crowds Sporting and Benjm mention? I think it makes sense to a point to grow the audience, but runs the risk of setting a precedent as well.

        A few weeks ago down here, Boca Juniors v Lanús was played in the Bombonera ahead of the men's Superliga match between Boca and San Lorenzo. Watching on TV, the fans (who were just early arrivals for the mens' game) didn't seem bothered, but it was the first time that a Big Five club has let the women play in their main stadium. I believe Racing have followed suit since.

        This sort of ties in with the big news about women's football in Argentina, which is that the top flight is going (mostly) professional starting at the end of the current season. A big step in a country in as parlous an economic state as Argentina.

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          #5
          Managed to get two cheap seats behind the goal for ENG-SCO in Nice, €9 each, very reasonable.

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