In the heart of the football-mad nation of Solomon Islands, the iconic Lawson Tama Stadium etched its name in the history books as it hosted a record capacity for the game between Fiji and Solomon Islands.

With a capacity bursting at the seams, an estimated 15,000 fervent supporters flocked to witness the Sol2023 XVII Pacific Games second semi-final clash between the home team and Fiji.

Among the sea of faces was none other than Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, adding a touch of national significance to the monumental event.

For a nation where football is not just a sport, the sight of Lawson Tama Stadium brimming beyond its capacity inside and the crowds outside was a testament to the unbridled enthusiasm that permeates the Solomon Islands.

This remarkable turnout not only underscored the deep-rooted love for football but also set a record—a record for the largest home attendance for a sport at the Sol2023 Pacific Games.

The Solomon side, basking in the fervent support of their compatriots, delivered a performance that will be etched in the memories of fans for years to come. A 2-0 triumph against Fiji marked not just a victory on the scoreboard but a triumph of unity and pride. 

In the midst of this pulsating sea of supporters, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stood witness to a historic moment. His presence added a layer of national significance to the occasion, emphasizing the role of sports as a unifying force that brings together people from all walks of life.

The journey, however, is far from over. With the grand final against New Caledonia on the horizon, the nation stands united, and the National Stadium stands ready to become the epicenter of a footballing fervor on Saturday.