Excitement builds for Women’s World Cup final with scarce hotel rooms and high ticket prices.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.(JULY 2, 2015)(REUTERS) – Soccer fans are starting to make their way to Vancouver ahead of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final taking place in the city’s downtown core.
Many of the fans looking to attend the final at BC Place Stadium are American soccer moms and their daughters eager to see their heroes in action.
“You get a once in a lifetime shot to catch the World Cup, we made a gamble, we said ‘we’re going to the finals, you gotta go to the finals’,” American soccer mom Stephanie Evers said as she walked past the stadium with a friend and three daughters.
The all girls weekend turned especially sweet when the U.S. team went through to the finals in a 2-0 win over number one ranked Germany.
In the other semi-final, England left Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in a state of shock after an injury time own goal condemned them to a 2-1 loss to Japan.
Kingsley Bailey, a Vancouver ticket broker, is doing brisk business amid the frenzy surrounding the match, particularly with the passionate American fans crossing the border wanting to attend the final.
His ticket brokering business sits in the shadow of BC Place Stadium.
“The event is completely sold out and we’ve been trying through conventional ways to try and find tickets for the last couple weeks in anticipation that the U.S. is going to be here and it’s just hard to find any kind of tickets, there are tickets out there but people want a lot of money,” he said standing outside his shop in between phone calls from sellers and buyers.
German tourist duo, Ursula Rektor and her son Uwe, came to town hoping to see the heavily favored German side play in Sunday’s final.
They were disappointed over the loss but were looking forward to an entertaining match anyway.
“I think the American girls are the big favorite but four years ago they also were the favorite and the Japanese girls are dangerous because four years ago they made such a good final against the Americans and nobody expected that,” Uwe Rektor said before buying some gear at the nearby FIFA shop.
“The Canadians are out. I tell you it is so nice here in Canada but I think the that the Americans are going to win,” Uwe’s mother Ursula said.
Sunday’s game between Japan and the U.S.will be a rematch of the 2011 final which Japan won on penalties.