More than 91,000 packed out the Nou Camp for Barcelona Women’s tie with Real Madrid last month and it seems as though a similar turnout is to be expected for their Champions League semi-final against Wolfsburg.
Prior to the historic Women’s El Clasico, Barcelona Femení had played in the Nou Camp just once, and that was in 2021 when Covid-19 measures prevented fans from being able to attend.
But their epic European quarter-final win against their arch-rivals produced a memorable atmosphere and it appears women’s matches at the Nou Camp may now be a more regular occurrence.
More than 50,000 tickets already sold
Barcelona Femení normally play their games at the 6,000 seater Johan Cruyff Stadium, where the average attendance is around 3,000 fans per game
Yet, the overwhelming success of last week’s record-breaking El Clasico has prompted the club to host their Women’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Wolfsburg at the same venue.
Before tickets went on sale for the Wolfsburg match, 50,000 were made available to club members –– all of which were sold in just a few hours.
Socis i sòcies, heu arribat a les 5️⃣0️⃣.0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ entrades retirades en qüestió d’hores! 🤩— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) April 4, 2022
A partir de demà a les 9:00 h, tothom podrà accedir a la resta d’entrades disponibles per a omplir el Camp Nou! 🏟
➡️ https://t.co/VH8lapVIYw pic.twitter.com/PuZdYGycZ4
And on Tuesday, after tickets were offered up to the general public, thousands waited in online queues to purchase tickets.
Indeed, football journalist, Alex Ibaceta, shared a photo of the Barcelona website, which showed she was 12,880th in the queue to buy tickets.
The queue right now to buy Barcelona vs Wolfsburg tickets 👀 pic.twitter.com/3wrmTdE7XG— Alex Ibaceta (@alexibaceta23) April 5, 2022
And while it might prove too much of an ask to better the 91,553 that packed the Nou Camp last time out, it appears the match is still going to generate a huge crowd.
Is there any stopping Barcelona?
Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 8-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and are the reigning Champions League holders.
The Catalonian side have also wrapped up the league already and have won all 26 of their matches –– scoring 144 goals and conceding just eight.
They also boast the best player in the world right now in Alexia Putellas. The Spaniard won the Women’s Ballon d’Or last year and has scored 29 goals this season.
Yet, Wolfsburg are also flying high domestically and sit four points clear of Bayern Munich in the Frauen-Bundesliga table.
The German side knocked out Arsenal in the quarter-finals and will no doubt prove an extremely tough team to beat.
Wolfsburg have long been a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League as well, having won two European titles and reached three finals since 2013.
Get your tickets while you still can –– this tie could be another one for the ages.