WUSA Announces Boston as Site for Inaugural Championship Game
BOSTON, Mass. (Wednesday, July 11, 2001) - The Women's United Soccer Association/WUSA and the Boston Breakers announced today that Foxboro Stadium will serve as the site for the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game on Saturday, August 25, at 2:00 p.m. (ET). The announcement was made by Tony DiCicco, Chief Operations Officer for the WUSA.
"We look forward to showcasing the city of Boston and all of its soccer fans during the Inaugural WUSA Championship Weekend," said Boston Breakers President and General Manager Joe Cummings. "It is an honor to serve as host for the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game and as an organization we are very proud to have been selected for this historic event."
The two participants in the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game will be determined in the WUSA Semi-Final games played on August 18th. The top four teams in the WUSA standings will advance to the WUSA Semi-Final games with the top seed hosting the fourth seed and the second seed hosting the third seed. Both the Semi-Final games and the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game will be nationally televised live on TNT.
The winner of the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game will receive the Founders Cup. The trophy, currently being designed by Tiffany's - the makers of some of the finest trophies and championship awards in the world - was named in honor of the WUSA's 20 Founding Players who helped launch the league.
"We went through quite a few suggestions when we were trying to name our championship trophy," said DiCicco. "When the Founders Cup was mentioned it just seemed to fit. After all, without the Founding Players I am not sure there would be a WUSA, let alone an Inaugural WUSA Championship Game."
The ticket plan and logo for the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game were also unveiled by the league.
The logo was created by AmsterYard in conjunction with the WUSA Marketing Department. The logo will be used in all marketing, merchandising, print and promotional campaigns.
Tickets will go on sale immediately, with Boston Breakers season ticket holders receiving a special opportunity to purchase the best seats in the house before they go on sale to the general public. All other seats at Foxboro are available to the general public immediately.
For individual ticket sales, fans can call Ticketmaster at 1-617-931-2222. For ticket orders of six or more and group sales, fans can call the Boston Breakers at 1-866-GO-BREAKERS (1-866-462-7325). Tickets can also be purchased at www.wusa.com.
Individual ticket prices for the Inaugural WUSA Championship Game are:
- Category I: $45
- Category II: $28 (group purchases of 15 or more - $22)
- Category III:$15 (group purchases of 15 or more - $10)
The Inaugural WUSA Championship Game maintains the league's philosophy of "Fun, Affordable Family Entertainment" with no ticket price above $50 and an average ticket price of $23.50.
Just last summer Foxboro Stadium served as site for two of the six games played in the first CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. The U.S. squad won the Cup and Foxboro had two of the top crowds, including over 20,000 for the championship game. In the first round of the 1998 U.S. Women's Nike Cup Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly each netted two goals en route to a U.S. 9-0 win over Mexico before 35,462 fans in Foxboro.
WUSA launched this April with the following eight teams: Atlanta Beat, Bay Area CyberRays, Boston Breakers, Carolina Courage, New York Power, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit and Washington Freedom. The WUSA features all of the members of the 1999 World Cup Champion and 2000 silver medal winning-team. The WUSA's Founding Players are: Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain, Tracy Ducar, Lorrie Fair, Joy Fawcett, Danielle Fotopoulos, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Carla Overbeck, Cindy Parlow, Christie Pearce, Tiffany Roberts, Briana Scurry, Kate Sobrero, Tisha Venturini, Saskia Webber, and Sara Whalen. The league also features over 20 of the top international stars from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Norway and Sweden.
WUSA investors include John S. Hendricks, chairman and CEO of Discovery Communications, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, and other cable network services; Amos B. Hostetter, Jr., former chairman and CEO, Continental Cablevision, Inc., Comcast Corporation, which has majority ownership of QVC, Comcast-Spectacor, Comcast SportsNet, and The Golf Channel, and a controlling interest in E! Networks; Cox Enterprises; Cox Communications; and Time Warner Cable.