Tickets go on sale Sunday RFK Stadium supply limited WORLD CUP SOCCER

April 29, 1994|By Gary Davidson | Gary Davidson,Contributing Writer

World Cup USA '94 will open phone lines for its final public ticket offering starting Sunday morning, but you'll need persistence and a whole lot of luck to get through.

Alan Rothenberg, World Cup USA '94 chairman and chief executive, said yesterday at a New York news conference that 450,000 tickets will go on sale Sunday, but Soldier Field in Chicago, Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and RFK Stadium in Washington have the fewest available tickets, in that order.

The tickets, which range in price from $25 to $140, are for the first and second rounds and the quarterfinals.

"RFK will be sold out lickety-split," Rothenberg said. "You're talking about 10,000 tickets, all categories, [cumulatively for] all games, probably even less."

Dave Jensen, the World Cup USA '94 Washington venue director, said he had not been informed by the main office in Los Angeles how many RFK tickets would be put on sale. Jensen acknowledged, however, that three of the games -- Norway vs. Mexico June 18, Italy vs. Mexico June 28 and the round-of-16 match July 2 -- are virtually sold out.

About 3.65 million tickets were issued for the 52 games in the monthlong tournament, which begins June 17. RFK is the smallest site with a capacity of 53,142.

Phone lines will open Sunday at 10 a.m. with customers fortunate enough to beat the busy signals allowed to buy a maximum of 10 tickets per game with no limit on the number of games or venues for which tickets can be purchased.

Call (800) 769-1994. Payment can only be made with a credit card. VIP ticket packages still can be obtained by calling (800) 793-1994.

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