CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 6, 2003) – The Women’s World Cup 2003 Organizing Committee announced today that venue series tickets for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 are close to being sold out for three of the six venues: Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (capacity: 22,555); PGE Park in Portland, Ore. (capacity: 28,359); and The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (capacity: 27,500).
Venue series tickets, which consist of all of the matches scheduled at a single FIFA Women's World Cup venue, went on sale to the public starting on July 19 and are selling quickly in all six venues. Fans can still purchase these special multiple-game packages, which are priced from $50 to $660 depending on the venue and number of match days included in the series, through fifaworldcup.com or Ticketmaster.com. They may also be ordered over the phone by calling 1-800-WWCTIKS (992-8457) for five of the six venues and 202-432-SEAT (7328) or 1-800-551-SEAT (7328) for tickets at RFK Stadium.
The USA opens their FIFA Women’s World Cup title defense against Sweden on Sunday, Sept. 21 at RFK Stadium, which will also host doubleheaders on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 27, featuring action from Groups A, B and C. The USA’s second match is against Nigeria at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, Sept. 25. The first game of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup will actually kickoff in Philly on Saturday, Sept. 20 with the opener of Group A (Norway-France) and Group B (Nigeria-North Korea).
First round group play for the U.S. WNT will finish with a tense match against North Korea on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Crew Stadium will host three sets of doubleheaders, including two matches on the tournament’s first day of action on Saturday, Sept. 20, and games on Wednesday, Sept. 24 that will feature action from Group C, which includes Germany, Canada, Japan and Argentina.
The tournament quarterfinals will be played as doubleheaders on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., and Thursday, Oct. 2 at PGE Park in Portland, Ore. Should the U.S. advance to the knockout stage, they would play their quarterfinal match in Boston. In addition to the game three finales of Group D on Sunday, Sept. 28, PGE Park will also host the tournament semifinals on Sunday, Oct. 5. Gillette Stadium’s other matches are crucial game three matches from Group B and C on Saturday, Sept. 27.
The third place game and final will be played as stand alone games on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12, respectively, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Action from Group D, which features China, Ghana, Russia and Australia, will kickoff with doubleheaders on Sunday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 25 at the H.D.C.
Venue Series Breakdown
3 – Sept. 21, 24 & 27
Opening ceremonies and USA-Sweden opener on Sept. 21
Lincoln Financial Field
2 – Sept. 20 & 25
Tournament kicks off Sept. 20; USA-Nigeria on Sept. 25
Columbus Crew Stadium
3 – Sept. 20, 24 & 28
Includes Group A finale with USA-North Korea on Sept. 28
2 – Sept. 27, Oct. 1
Oct. 1 quarterfinal match-ups could feature U.S.
3 – Sept. 28, Oct. 2 & 5
Host Group D finales, quarterfinals and semifinals
Home Depot Center
5 – Sept. 1, 21 & 25, Oct. 11 & 12
Includes Sept.1 Send-off match; 2003 champ to be decided at HDC