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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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