UCLA Women’s soccer team hoping to set attendance record

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UCLA hopes to set the NCAA women’s soccer regular- season attendance record Friday evening when it plays host to USC at Drake Stadium.

UCLA has reached out to local youth soccer organizations, conducted email-based marketing, bought digital billboard space at the Grand Wilshire in downtown Los Angeles and reduced the ticket price to $1 in an attempt to break the record of 10,128 set when the two teams met at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2014, according to Liza David, UCLA’s assistant athletic director for athletic communications.

A Drake Stadium women’s soccer attendance record of 6,253 was set when the two teams last met there in 2015.

Ticket prices are usually $8 for adults and $5 for youths, with UCLA students always admitted free.

The game is the final regular-season game for the Bruins, who are anticipating playing at Wallis Annenberg Stadium next season, which will be on the site of the North Athletic Field and include capacity to seat 3,000.

UCLA has averaged 1,990 fans for its nine games at Drake Stadium this season, with a high of 3,941 for a 4-1 victory over Oregon State Oct. 1

The Bruins (14-2-2, 7-2-1 in Pac-12 Conference play) are fifth in the United Soccer Coaches poll, one spot ahead of the Trojans (14-2-1, 8-1-1).

—City News Service