ORONO – There may have been some empty seats at offices around Orono for Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal, but there was barely an empty seat in the Common Loon Public House.
In between NBA free agency drama, the Women’s World Cup, and especially the US Women’s National Team, has dominated the summer sports landscape across the country and things are no different around Orono.
“There’s been a crowd for almost every game, the USA games have been the ones that have always been full, a bigger crowd for England, but people for every match,” said Common Loon co-owner Cory Gardner
More people than ever have been watching this American title defense unfold. This past Friday’s quarterfinal, between the US and Spain, topped the records set by last year’s men’s World Cup final, and broke streaming records across the board, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
For some fans like the Gardners supporting the women’s national team is more than just an act of patriotism, It’s supporting a changing tide of the view on women’s sports,”we’re moving slowly in a direction where it’s not the world cup and the women’s world cup, it’s just women’s sports and men’s sports…,” said Meghan Gardner.
They have a special reason to be throwing their full support behind this team, “we have a young daughter and it was important to us that she see not just that we have men playing soccer on the tv every weekend but that we’re giving the same attention to women’s sports as well,” said Gardner.
The US team will vie for their second straight World Cup this Sunday starting at 11 AM.