Last night at the Vertu Motors Arena a 42-year attendance record for a women’s basketball game in Britain was smashed as 1,122 got behind our Eagles WBBL team in The Big One.

Regular attendances for the Eagles WBBL team had already doubled since pre-COVID numbers to around 280 per game, but on Friday night it soared up to over 1,120 in the house. (Photo: Dave Moore)
Packed stands on both sides of the court saw over 1,122 fans take their seats for the record breaking game. (Photo: Dave Moore)

On International Women’s Day Eagles bosses set out to register a new attendance high for a top-flight women’s league fixture 42 years after Hemel Tigers and Cleveland Eagles attracted 1,050 fans.

The Eagles set a new record for crowd numbers at a top-flight women’s basketball game in the UK. (Photo: Gary Forster)

Female players of the future took part in a half-time scrimmage between our Eagles Academy’s Under 14 girls team and their counterparts from Edinburgh also there to support Pride.

Katherine Bird driving to the basket for our Academy Under 14 Girls in action at half-time. (Photo: Dave Moore)
Lexie Walton on the ball with Grace Rae clearing the way for our Under 14 Girls Academy team at half-time. (Photo: Dave Moore)

Such is the ambition around the WBBL programme, plans are already in motion to top that number and soar to even greater heights with special games like “The Big One” next season.

Fans took part in usual Friday game entertainment and competitions as they packed the Vertu Motors Arena for the WBBL game. (Photo: Dave Moore)

The Eagles and Vertu Motors Arena would like to thank everyone that attended to showed their support for the club at a historic night for women’s basketball in the UK.