The U.S. women’s national soccer team will be honored on Friday with a parade for winning the 2015 World Cup. The team beat Japan in Vancouver in Sunday’s final, and they’ll make their way to New York City for a celebration.
The champs will be treated to a celebration that is usually reserved for New York sports teams with a parade down Manhattan’s Canyon of Heroes, which runs along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall. The festivities are set to start at 11 a.m. ET, concluding with a ceremony at City Hall.
It’s been three years since New York City hosted a parade of such magnitude for a sports team, celebrating the New York Giants’ Super Bowl Championship in February 2012. The march through the city lasted about 90 minutes, and it was estimated that between 500,000 and 1 million people lined the streets to pay homage to the champs.
Manhattan borough president Gale A. Brewer pushed for the city to honor the women’s team, which claimed the United States’ first World Cup championship in 16 years. It marks the first time since 1984, when Olympic medal winners were honored, that a New York City parade will be thrown for athletes that don’t represent a team in New York.
The women’s team received incredible support from fans during their championship run, setting record television ratings along the way. The USA’s 5-2 win over Japan in the finals was the most-watched soccer game in the country’s history. The 25.4 million viewers on FOX topped viewership of any men’s soccer game to date.
While anyone can watch the players from the women’s team travel down the parade route, only a select few can attend the celebration at City Hall. In order to have a chance of attending the ceremony, sign up here between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.