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FIFA WWC USA 2003 "Road Show" to Travel Across U.S. from San Diego to Washington D.C.


SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Friday, August 22, 2003) – The FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Road Show, a sponsor recognition program, will travel the United States in the month leading up to kick-off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, offering the public the opportunity to win tickets and official merchandise, qualify to compete for a $1 million kick sweepstakes and have their photo taken with the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy.

The month-long program, featuring FIFA-sponsor provided interactive elements, will caravan in Hyundai-supplied Santa Fe vehicles, to all six host venues as well as major markets and corporate sponsor headquarters, making 20 stops in 29 days, along a more than 4,600-mile route.

At each stop, the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Road Show will provide visitors the opportunity to have their photo taken with the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy, courtesy of Fuji, as well the opportunity to win adidas merchandise by participating in several interactive elements including a speed kick and accuracy kick.  The public will also have the chance to qualify to participate in a $1 million kick to be held in New York City, just prior to the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003.

“The fans can undoubtedly look forward to a thrilling FIFA Women’s World Cup with a fantastic atmosphere in and around the stadium,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.  “The FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Road Show will help to raise the awareness for the event and to create excitement far beyond the circle of deep-rooted football fans all over the United States.”

The FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Road Show will launch at the Women’s United Soccer Association Championship game in San Diego, Calif., Sunday, August 24, before departing for the first of 19 additional stops before concluding at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Official Opening Ceremonies on September 21 at RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, DC.

Today, soccer is the most popular women’s team sport in the world. In pioneering countries such as Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy and the USA, 40 percent of all players enrolled in clubs are girls and women. The FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 will help to create even more awareness for women’s football worldwide, encouraging girls and women to play their favorite sport.

FIFA commissioned a new trophy for the third FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999. Weighing 2 kg (4.5 pounds) and standing 37 cm (14.95 inches) tall, the trophy was designed by William Sawaya of Milan-based Sawaya & Moroni. All metallic pieces are gold-plated with the base made of polished marble. The medallion on the base is polished brass, as is the supporting structure that holds the ball, and the ball itself.

The list of events open to the general public includes all of the following dates:

FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 Road Show Schedule
Sunday, August 24
WUSA Founders Cup III at Torero Stadium
San Diego, CA
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27
Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, August 29
Oregon State Fair
Salem, OR
Time: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 30
Oregon State Fair
Salem, OR
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 31
Oregon State Fair
Salem, OR
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, September 1
Taste of Portland Festival
Portland, OR
Time: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 6
Montrose Beach
Chicago, IL
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 7
Eastland Mall
Columbus, OH
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, September 8
Battelle Plaza (Arena District)
Columbus, OH
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10
City Plaza/Fanueil Hall
Boston, MA
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 11
City Plaza/Faneuil Hall
Boston, MA
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 13
Roosevelt Field Mall
Garden City, NY
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 14
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, NJ
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 20
Opening Game FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 at Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, September 21
RFK Memorial Stadium
Washington, DC

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