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Chicago Red Stars gain record 17,388 crowd as NWSL Women’s World Cup lift continues

The Chicago Red Stars gained a record 17,388 crowd on July 21 at SeatGeek Stadium, continuing the National Women’s Soccer League’s attendance boost following this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France.

The crowd for the game against the North Carolina Courage was not only the highest-ever home attendance in Red Stars’ history, it was the largest soccer crowd at Bridgeview, Illinois, facility this season.

The venue is shared with Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire, which has generated a league-worst 11,572 attendance this season. On July 17, the team drew a crowd of just 7,842 for its MLS regular season game against Columbus Crew.

Prior to the weekend, the Red Stars averaged just under 4,300 per game this season.

But this also was the second weekend in a row that the NWSL has enjoyed increased crowds following the Women’s World Cup, which was won by the United States. There were also solid crowds for Utah Royals (15,931), Orlando Pride (9,415), and Washington Spirit (5,500).

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