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FIFA ANNOUNCES VENUES: EVERYTHING'S ROSEY EXCEPT IN DC
Published November 19, 1997
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).