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Published June 30, 1998
U.S Soccer is hoping for a crowd "in excess of" 20,000 for this Sunday's U.S. Women's team match against Germany in Chicago. So far, more than 115,000 tickets have been sold for next year's Women's World Cup (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/28). ...St. Louis' successful bid to host the 2005 Final Four in the Trans World Dome was examined by Tom Wheatley in Sunday's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (6/29). The St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association (RCGA) predicts that the Final Four will generate $45.7M in direct spending for the local economy, including $14M at retail outlets, $11M at hotels, $9.5M on entertainment and $9M at restaurants and bars. The RCGA says that with indirect spending factored in, the event's total impact "tops" $90M (ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH, 6/28)....In L.A., Steve Springer wrote that a "boxing revival now seems underway" in Las Vegas, with the Mirage and Mandalay Bay casinos planning new 12,000-15,000 seat arenas. Caesars Palace will hold their fights at the Thomas & Mack Arena "for now," allowing it to bring in the "high rollers" and shuttle them back to the casino to gamble, while "leaving the less desirable elements of the fight crowd ... elsewhere" (L.A. TIMES, 6/28).