(UPDATE 8/17/15) There’s few better ways to kick off a Victory Tour than an overwhelming shutout win. That’s exactly what the US Women’s National Team did over the weekend with an 8-0 defeat of Costa Rica in Pittsburgh. Christen Press scored a hat trick and three others pitched in goals during the opening match romping at Heinz Field. The next date for the tour will be another match against Costa Rica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 19.
US Soccer tickets for the next women’s friendly have an average price of $102.97 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $51. The capacity of Finley Stadium is just over 20,000, which makes it less than a third of the size of Heinz Field, where the team last played. It makes sense with similar demand tickets in Tennessee would be nearly double what the average price was in Pittsburgh, which was just $55.92, with much less available tickets.
The match against Costa Rica is currently more expensive than the next two stops on the tour, which will come in September against Australia. On September 17, they will play at Ford Field in Detroit, which holds 65,000. The current average price for US vs Australia tickets in Detroit is $95.29 with a get-in price of $35. Three days later the team will play at the biggest stadium currently on the tour, Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The current average for the second match against Australia is $98.81 with a get-in price of $29.
In October the Victory Tour opponent will switch to Brazil, who the USWNT will play on the 21st at CenturyLink Field in Seattle and the Florida Citrus Bowl on the 25th. The Victory Tour is scheduled to have a 10-match run, however only six have been announced thus far. That leaves four more dates to be released, along with the US hosting World Cup Qualifying matches in Houston and Frisco, Texas during February.
US Women's Soccer Tickets For Post World Cup Friendlies Averaging Over $100 On Secondary Market
There couldn’t have been a much better way for the US Women’s National Team in the Women’s World Cup Final. Within 20 minutes of the match starting, the US had a 4-0 lead including a Carli Lloyd hat trick. To that point in the tournament, Japan had only given up three goals in the World Cup. The final score was a little closer, 5-2, but the result was never seriously in doubt as the US cruised to its first World Cup win since 1999 and its third overall.
On the run to the Final, the popularity of the USWNT was certainly high and there’s hope that popularity can carry over to two international friendlies to be held in August. The team will take the pitch for the first time since winning the World Cup on August 16 at Heinz Field and three days later at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, both against Costa Rica. Demand has been strong, as the match at the 20,668 capacity Finley Stadium has already sold out.
USWNT tickets on the secondary market as predictably high right now for the two friendlies. The match at Heinz Field currently has an average price of $109.27 with a get-in price of $48. The Pittsburgh is understandably less expensive, as the stadium is almost three times the size with a capacity of 65,050. USWNT vs Costa Rica tickets in Chattanooga have an average price of $156 with a get-in price of $101.
Leading up to the World Cup, the US played three send-off matches, the most expensive of which was the third on May 30. The match against South Korea at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena had an average price of $88.20 with a get-in price of $45. There has been a very clear increase in demand following the success in the World Cup.
An official roster has not yet been announced for these matches, but most of the stars from the World Cup roster are likely to take the pitch against Costa Rica. While many will likely be in attendance to see players such as Carli Lloyd, it could also be used to get younger players such as Christen Press and Kelley O’Hara some more playing time in preparation for the next CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2016 Olympics and the next Women’s World Cup.