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Enthusiasm for the Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL): Record Attendance at the Bell Centre

The Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) is quickly attracting attention and crowds. The league is asserting itself as a major player in the growing interest in women's sports, in line with the attendance boom observed in several women's sports in 2023. The February 16 meeting between Montreal and Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, with its 18 800 places, was declared full, thus marking a new attendance record for professional women's hockey.

This rise in popularity of the PWHL is part of a broader context of success for women's sports, as evidenced by the attendance records reached in leagues such as the NWSL (National Women's Soccer League), the FIFA Women's World Cup, the WNBA (Women's National Basketball Association). This data highlights the growing appeal of women's sports across various platforms and competitions.

The Centre Bell witnessed a historic event for the Professional Women's Hockey League with a record attendance of 21,105 spectators during a game involving the Montreal team. This enthusiasm reflects the growing importance of women’s hockey and player recognition, despite the rivalry between Montreal and Toronto. The strong presence of spectators illustrates the commercial potential of these sports events, showcasing the flourishing business aspect of women’s sports and the enthusiastic support of fans.


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