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  • FIFA ANNOUNCES VENUES: EVERYTHING'S ROSEY EXCEPT IN DC

              The '99 FIFA Women's World Cup Organizing Committee
         announced its venues and allocation of games that will be
         held starting with its opening ceremonies on June 19, 1999.
         Venues for the 19 playing dates include: Foxboro Stadium
         (Foxboro, MA); Soldier Field (Chicago, IL); Giants Stadium
         (E. Rutherford, NJ); Civic Stadium (Portland, OR); Spartan
         Stadium (San Jose, CA); Stanford Stadium (Palo Alto, CA);
         Jack Kent Cooke Stadium (Raljon, MD); and the Rose Bowl
         (Pasadena, CA), which will host the final game (FIFA). Giants
         Stadium will host the opening ceremonies, followed by a
         doubleheader featuring the U.S. team (STAR-LEDGER, 11/19).
              ANGRY IN DC: RFK Stadium officials, "angry with not
         being selected" as the site for the finals, told FIFA that
         they "would not take part in the games," according to Thomas
         Heath of the WASHINGTON POST.  RFK Assistant Stadium Manager
         Mark McCullers: "We felt that Washington deserved the final
         game, not only because it's the nation's capital, but because
         it's a historically successful soccer market and deserving of
         the final match."  RFK's refusal to host early-round Women's
         World Cup action led to Jack Kent Cooke Stadium receiving the
         World Cup bid (WASHINGTON POST, 11/19).
    
    

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