A clash between Arsenal and Chelsea in the Barclays Women’s Super League has registered the highest attendance in WLS.
The game hosted at the Emirates Stadium in North London in the United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday, December 10, was attended by 59,042 spectators.
The new record breaks the 54,115 one set on October 1, which was hosted at the same venue against Liverpool.
The achievement was recognized by the Guinness World Record on Monday, December 11, 2023.
“The highest attendance at an FA Women’s Super League match is 59,042, and was achieved during Arsenal W.F.C. vs Chelsea F.C Women (both UK), at the Emirates Stadium, London, UK, on 10 December 2023.”
In reaction, Vinai Venkatesham, CEO of Arsenal, lauded the support of their fan base.
“Breaking our own WSL attendance record is another landmark moment. We’re proud of our women’s team, our fantastic supporters, and our passionate people across our club – all of whom have contributed to this moment. The hard work that got us here will continue as we remain focused on nurturing the connection with our supporters.”
Arsenal’s next Emirate game will be against Manchester United on February 17, and according to the club, more than 25,000 tickets have been sold out.
They usually host their home games at the 4,500-capacity Meadow Park but use the Emirates Stadium for high-profile fixtures.
The Gunners won the game against the Blues by four goals to one.
Beth Mead gave the home side the opener in eight minutes, however, was cancelled out in the 13th minute by Johanna Rytting. In the 36th minute, Amanda Illestedt extended the lead for Emirates.
English player Alessia Russo made it three two minutes later, before her second goal after halftime sealed the victory handing down Chelsea’s first defeat in the league this season.