Colombians opt to play Ferns behind closed doors in second international

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Colombian officials expect strong crowd support for Sunday’s first international against New Zealand but will host the second match behind closed doors.

Sunday’s international friendly between Colombia and the Football Ferns will be played at Bogata’s main stadium, the 39,512-capacity Estadio El Campin, which underwent renovation in 2021.

Main photo: Estadio El Campín … venue for Sunday’s international between the Ferns and Colombia.

However, Wednesday’s second match will be played without spectators at the Estadio Metropolitano de Techo, Bogotá, a local club ground that can hold 10,000 when full.

Estadio Metropolitano de Techo, Bogotá … venue for the second match.

For the first match, the Colombian Football Federation has anticipated a large attendance, opening three of the stadium’s four stands and selling tickets for between 12,500 pesos (less than NZ$5) and 34,500 pesos (less than NZ$15).

The match kicks off at 3pm local time (10am NZT).

Bogata, the capital city of Colombia, has a population of more than 7 million, and interest has been high in the national women’s team since they reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, beating Germany 2-1 in one of the tournament’s upsets.

Sunday’s match will be the Colombian team’s 15th full international of the year, including their five outings at the World Cup.

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FIFA+ to provide free live-steams

Both matches will be live-streamed free by FIFA+. Links to watch the games are below.

A tour of the El Campín Stadium


Game to be played on Sunday December 3, 2023 (NZT)

Colombia v New Zealand
Estadio El Campin, Bogotá, Colombia, 10am (NZT)

Game to be played on Wednesday December 6, 2023

Colombia v New Zealand
Estadio Metropolitano de Techo, Bogotá, Colombia, 9am (NZT)

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