Organizers of the next (FIFA) Women's World Cup hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Northwest sports fans may want to note that group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.
Vancouver is one of six host cities in Canada for the Women's World Cup next summer. Nine matches including the final will be played in BC Place stadium over the span of a month.
Rita Rogers is the general manager of the venue in Vancouver. She says the host committee plans to market to fans in the U.S. Northwest.
"We're counting on American interest. We're counting on American ticket buyers to cross the border. We're doing all sorts of outreach," said Rogers.
Tickets for the Women's World Cup go on sale on September 10. Oddsmakers give a decent chance for a Canada vs. USA showdown in the final. That should be of heightened regional interest because the U.S. and Canadian national teams likely will feature stars now playing in the Northwest... Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair are with the Portland Thorns and the Seattle Reign have goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The other 2015 match venues are in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Moncton. The Women's World Cup unfolds between June 6-July 5, 2015.
Twenty four countries will play in the upcoming tournament, up from 16 the last time around. Japan is the reigning women's champion.
Purchasers of preliminary round ticket packages will have the first shot at buying coveted tickets to the World Cup final. "That's an important piece, because that's the one match we don't have to worry about selling (out)," Rogers said. BC Place stadium seats about 55,000 spectators.
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