Barcelona have already sold more than 70,000 tickets for the club’s Women’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou in March.
The club started Thursday by confirming that just over 35,000 tickets had been sold to existing members within the first 24 hours of them being made available. However, with tickets then going on general sale, barely an hour and a half had passed before that number climbed to 50,000.
The club then went on to reveal on Friday that 70,000 have been now been sold.
Tickets start from €9 and demand among eager fans keen to watch the Champions League holders, who are favourites to sweep to the trophy again in 2022, is clearly huge. There is every reason to believe that sales will continue to grow and grow ahead of the game on 30 March.
Barça usually play at the 6,000-capacity Estadio Johan Cruyff at the club’s training centre. It means that already over 10 times as many people will be in attendance at Camp Nou, which has the capacity to welcome many, many more still, potentially to their first ever women’s game.
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.
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 officially 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.