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Published February 12, 1999
SOCCER: In Toronto, Norman Da Costa wrote that ticket sales for this year's Women's World Cup have "hit unprecedented heights," as 215,000 tickets have been purchased and 25,000 have been sold for the final that will be played at the Rose Bowl on July 10 (TORONTO STAR, 2/11). In related news, the '99 FIFA Women's World Cup Organizing Committee launched its official Web site at www.WWC99.com. The site was designed and developed by EDS in its role as "Official Information Technology Services Provider" for the Women's World Cup (FIFA)....The U.S. women's soccer team will play China in a doubleheader after the MetroStars- Mutiny game at Giants Stadium on April 25 (AP, 2/12). OTHER NOTES: The inaugural Winter Gravity Games from NBC Sports and EMAP Petersen will take place February 3-6, 2000, and air on NBC in mid-February. The event is receiving bids from several resorts to host (Gravity Games)....The AP reported that officials of Peterburgsky Stadium in Russia, which is hosting the ATP's St. Petersburg Open this week, were "scrambling to keep the building heated on Thursday. ... The stadium became another casualty of Russia's financial troubles when the local electricity provider cut off power right before the tournament because of unpaid energy bills" (AP, 2/11).