Barcelona sell 35,000 Camp Nou tickets for Women’s Champions League tie in first 24 hours
Barcelona sold more than 35,000 tickets for the club’s Women’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou in March within the first 24 hours of making them available.
El Clásico is the standout tie of the round and will mark only the second time that a competitive women’s match has been played in the iconic stadium. However, it will still be a first with fans after last season’s city derby against Espanyol was played behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
Demand for tickets from eager fans keen to watch the Champions League holders, who are favourites to sweep to the trophy again in 2022, is clearly huge.
Camp Nou was officially confirmed earlier this week as the venue for Barcelona’s home leg, with tickets initially being made exclusively available to club members, who proceeded to buy 35,600 in just the first 24 hours on sale.
Starting from €9, tickets have only just now gone on general sale, which suggest that number will grow significantly before the game is played in the early spring.
Barça usually play at the 6,000-capacity Estadio Johan Cruyff at the club’s training centre. It means that already nearly six times as many people will be in attendance at Camp Nou, which has the capacity to welcome many, many more supporters, potentially to their first ever women’s game.
A Barcelona women’s XI first played an exhibition game at Camp Nou in 1971. The club as we know them now was founded in 1988 and has come to dominate Spanish women’s football within the last 10 years, translating that into European glory for the first time last season.
Real Madrid are much newer to the women’s football scene. They took over Madrid club CD Tacon in 2019 and official rebranded in 2020, qualifying for the Champions League in only their second season as a top flight club and first using the Real Madrid name.