Camp Nou is almost completely packed out for Wednesday's El Classico between the women's teams of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Not only is it a highly-anticipated matchup between arch rivals, it's also the quarterfinals of the Women's Champions League.
With 91,553 fans in the stadium, this afternoon's game sets a world record for attendance at a women's soccer game.
U.S. soccer superstar Alex Morgan reacted to this news with an excited message on Twitter.
The previous attendance record was set in 2019 when FC Barcelona traveled to take on Atletico Madrid in Metropolitano Stadium. The 60,739 fans in attendance showed a step in the right direction for recognition of women's soccer, but the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic quickly halted that progress.
The first time the FC Barcelona women's team played at Camp Nou in January 2021 came in front of an empty stadium due to COVID-19. Today's Camp Nou debut in front of the Barcelona faithful was a different story.
Games at Camp Nou typically cost up to 200 euros, per BBC Sport. Club members were initially offered the chance to claim tickets for today's game for free, while non club members were asked to pay a starting price of 9 euros. More than 70,000 tickets were claimed within the first few days of becoming available.
While this is no doubt a fantastic step for the sport, context of today's event must be taken into account. The FC Barcelona women's team, which boasts the largest crowds in the Spanish league, averages around 3,000 fans for their non-Camp Nou games. This Champions League, El Classico matchup was the perfect storm for a world-record showing.
Heading into today's second-leg matchup, FC Barcelona leads 3-1.