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FIFA Women's World Cup: Moncton hosts first game

Organizers of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Moncton say ticket sales have been good as the city prepares to host its first game of the tournament Tuesday.

Moncton will host 7 international soccer matches between now and June 21

Mireille and Christopher Young of Moncton show off their tickets to the FIFA Women's World Cup. (Kate Letterick/CBC)

Organizers of the FIFA Women's World Cup in Moncton say ticket sales were good leading up to the city hosting its first game of the tournament on Tuesday.

England dropped the first match to France, 1-0. Mexico drew 1-1 with Colombia.

The matches are attracting fans looking forward to some world-class soccer. Even after the game started, fans lined up to buy tickets and to get into the stadium.

Mikael Akimowicz is from France, but currently works in Ontario.

With Team France on the schedule, he said he couldn't resist a trip to Moncton to cheer his country on.

Mikael Akimowicz is from France, but is working in Ontario and couldn't miss the chance to see his country play. (Kate Letterick/CBC)
"Everything is nice. People are nice, they are truly bilingual … It's a nice city I wouldn't mind coming back," he said.

Christopher Young says he's looking forward to seeing France because of New Brunswick's history.

"To see the team from France because we're, as Acadians it's a special connection to France and just the whole general atmosphere is really exciting," he said.

Roxanne Morrell will be at the match cheering for a different team.

"I'm going to the game England-Mexico with my friend who's from England so she's very excited so I'm excited through her," she said.

Organizers say the Moncton stadium is about 80 per cent sold for Tuesday's match between England and France. (Kate Letterick/CBC)

Stephane Delisle, the venue general manager with FIFA, says Moncton fans are known for buying tickets at the last minute, but the stadium is filling up quickly.

"We're pretty excited with the venue capacity of 13,000, indications were as of yesterday we could expect 80 per cent capacity, so roughly 10,500," he said.

Moncton will host seven games between now and June 21.

Follow all the FIFA Women's World Cup action here.

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