Women's World Cup
Attendance numbers for USA 1999 set new marks.(Sunday, July 11, 1999) -- All six of the U.S. women's games played during USA 1999 were included among the list of the 10 most attended women's soccer games.
The grand finale with an attendance figure of 90,185 is the largest crowd ever, across all sports, to watch a women's sporting event and the most-watched soccer game in U.S. television history.
The preliminary national ratings for the United States-China penalty kick decision was a 11.4 with a 31 share. The rating is the percentage of TV households in the United States tuned to a program, and each point represents 994,000 homes.
An estimated 11,300,000 homes and 40,000,000 viewers watched the U.S. women become the first host nation to win the Women's World Cup. As a comparison, those numbers are 20 per cent higher than the numbers of viewers that watched the men's World Cup final between Italy and Brazil, also hosted in the United States, in 1994.
The U.S. men in participation in three games in the 1998 World Cup did not approach the U.S. women's appeal this year. Certainly, the men's lack of success on the field and the venue of the tournament as France instead of the U.S. impacted those results.