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Demand high for USWNT’s first post-Olympic friendly

Olympics Day 13 - Women's Football Final - Match 26 - USA v Japan

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Alex Morgan #13 of the United States celebrates with the the gold medal after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women’s Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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And it’s probably a sign of things to come.

Tickets for the first stop on the USWNT’s Victory Tour are coveted items. The team’s friendly on September 1 against Costa Rica in Rochester, New York is a guaranteed sellout. Eager patrons have snapped up over two-thirds of tickets relative to the stadium’s capacity.

Most impressive? Tickets to the general public don’t go on sale until Friday.

Reports indicate that over 10,000 tickets have been sold in pre-sale events. Nearly 6,000 were purchased in the first 10 minutes.

Was there a similarly ravenous appetite for tickets following the team’s 2008 gold medal conquest? To a point. 13,176 people took in the USWNT’s first post-tournament match back at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Attendance nosedived thereafter. The side’s next six Celebration Tour matches commanded an average attendance of 4,457. Four of those matches were hosted at over-sized football stadiums which made turnout appear even punier.

Sahlen’s Stadium has become a familiar venue for well-attended USWNT homecomings. The first fixture on Women’s Professional Soccer’s post-World Cup schedule took place July 20, 2011 and saw the Western New York Flash host magicJack. Newly established national team stars Alex Morgan (pictured), Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe ventured to Rochester a mere three days after the U.S.’s loss to Japan in the World Cup final. The 15,404 fans on hand set a stadium attendance record.

That record might well fall come September 1. It could be the first of several attendance records set to be eclipsed by this team.