USA Eagles’ historic match against the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field officially sold out!

“This sellout crowd speaks to the growing popularity of rugby in the U.S.,” said Gary Quinn, for NBC Sports Group. BOULDER, Colo. – The USA Eagles’ historic match against the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field officially sold out, USA Rugby announced Friday.

Tickets for the Nov. 1 match, sponsored by AIG, at the 61,500-seat home of the National Football League’s Chicago Bears were first released to registered fans June 13 through a unique pre-sale opportunity. By the general on-sale date, June 16, 20,000 tickets had been sold.

The record crowd in the stands will also be dwarfed by the number of viewers watching the live broadcast on NBC.

Universal Sports Network will host a pre-game show at 2 p.m. CT before NBC begins its live telecast at 2:30 p.m. The official match kick-off time is 3 p.m., but fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to hear Jim Cornelison and SOL3 MIO sing the national anthems of the United States and New Zealand, respectively, and to see the world famous haka performed.

“More than 61,000 passionate fans at a historic venue like Soldier Field will paint a fantastic picture for the audience at home watching this game on NBC next Saturday.”

“This sellout crowd speaks to the growing popularity of rugby in the U.S.,” said Gary Quinn, vice president of programming & planning for NBC Sports Group.

The previous highest attendance ever for an international rugby union match in the United States – 20,181 – was recorded at a match between the Eagles and Ireland at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, June 7, 2013. The Eagles’ match against the New Zealand Maori Team at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa., last November set the record for a largest sell-out crowd with 18,500 tickets sold.  Read More>

Select merchandise is already available for sale on Shop USA Rugby, with a wider assortment of gear set to be sold in the stadium.