The Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) has confirmed a record-breaking 8,234 people attended ScottishPower Women’s Premier League matches in August. This represents nearly a 30% increase in attendances compared to the same period last year when the total stood at 6,391.
The 2023/24 season kicked-off on the 13th of August, and throughout the month there were four rounds of ScottishPower Women’s Premier League matches and three rounds of ScottishPower Women’s Premier League 2 matches.
The highest attendance to date this season was recorded at the Matchday 4 fixture between Rangers and Champions Glasgow City. The match was played at Broadwood Stadium on Sunday 27th August with 1,196 spectators attending to watch the top of the table clash, which was also screened live on BBC ALBA. There was also a record-breaking crowd of 459 for Montrose on opening day, when they took on Celtic at Links Park in what was their first ever top-flight match
SWPL Managing Director, Fiona McIntyre, said: “We are thrilled, at this early stage in the season, to observe a significant increase of nearly 30% in attendances across the league. The SWPL and our clubs strive to continually improve the product on and off the pitch and we are delighted that more people than ever before are choosing to attend ScottishPower Women’s Premier League matches.
“Last season, total attendances exceeded 100,000, which was a huge milestone for the league to reach in its inaugural year. We know that games moving to major stadiums over the course of last season played a significant part in breaking the 100,000 mark. We are confident, given these strong opening numbers and the success of matches in major stadiums last season, we’ll see even more in 2023/24.
“It’s fantastic that Tynecastle and Easter Road have already been confirmed as the venues for the upcoming derby matches between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian. This Sunday’s match between the two sides at Tynecastle(16:10 kick-off) provides a fantastic opportunity for fans to watch elite women’s football in one of the best stadiums in the country.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank fans for their continued support of the SWPL, their clubs, and the whole women’s game. For anyone who has never been to a game before, there has never been a better time to get involved and you can find all the match information on our website at www.swpl.uk.”