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OL Reign will set NWSL attendance record at Rapinoe farewell game

Over 32,000 fans will be in attendance to send off a legend.

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OL Reign announced on Friday morning that Megan Rapinoe’s final regular-season home game will set a new single-match NWSL attendance record, with the club surpassing 32,000 tickets sold. The game against the Washington Spirit, which kicks off at 5:00 PM PT, will be broadcast on CBS and features celebrations and events both before and after the match to honor the legendary player ahead of her retirement at the end of the season.

The club’s prior standalone single-match record was 21,491 for last year’s playoff semi-final against Kansas City. The first Seattle-Portland double-header in 2021 saw 27,248 fans enter the turnstiles by the 75th minute of the Reign game. This year’s double-header did not have an official attendance for the Reign, due to them playing after the Sounders. The all-time league record was set last year in San Diego, when 32,000 fans witnessed the Wave host Angel City FC at Snapdragon Stadium.

The club is advising fans to be in their seats by 4:45 PM tonight for the start of pregame events and to help participate in a “special gameday surprise planned for Megan”. Among the celebrations which have been revealed, Rapinoe’s sister Rachael and mother Denise will be honored as the Starbucks Legends of the match, and her family will form a fan tunnel. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will also raise a Forever Rapinoe flag at the stadium and there will be a special ceremony ahead of kickoff to honor Rapinoe.

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As night falls, buildings around the city will be illuminated in “Pinoe Pink”, and following the game there will be an additional ceremony to honor Rapinoe’s legacy in Seattle.