The United States won the World Cup and now they're a hot ticket. Over 35,000 tickets have been sold for the team's first post-World Cup friendly at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA with more than a month to go until the match.
The U.S. scheduled their first two matches for after the World Cup while the tournament was still underway. They weren't yet World Cup champions, but it didn't keep the federation from aiming big and putting a friendly in the 65,000-seat home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It looks like it's going to pay off, with a giant crowd set to see them square off against Costa Rica on August 16.
That the Americans can get such a huge crowd at Heinz Field is especially impressive considering their only other match at the venue. They played there after winning the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and a mere 6,386 fans showed up.
After the U.S. plays in Pittsburgh, they will head to Chattanooga, TN three days later for a friendly that sold out 21,000-seat Finley Stadium within a week.