More seats opened for sale at Cooke

June 30, 1999|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

The cheap seats are back at the "Big Jack" in Landover for tomorrow night's Women's World Cup quarterfinal doubleheader.

Cup officials reversed course about 3 p.m. yesterday and added between 13,000 and 14,000 upper-deck seats for the games at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium between the United States and Germany at 7 p.m. and Brazil-Nigeria at 9: 30.

Spokesman Richard Finn said the last of 41,110 lower- and mid-level seats, which officials had long thought would be more than enough, sold yesterday morning. "Demand over the past few days has been accelerating," he said.

Some would-be buyers were told this weekend that only $75 seats remained; all were told that $30 seats had sold out, even though the entire upper deck had never been an option.

All seats added yesterday are $30, lowest price for quarterfinal play, Finn said. Seats on one side of the stadium's upper deck will be marketed first, with the remainder at one end.

Finn said the extra seats will raise the stadium's capacity for the two games to about 55,000, still considerably below its 80,110 football capacity. But remaining upper-deck seats are off-limits, he said, because of repairs being made to the 2-year-old facility that include railing replacement.

Stadium ticket windows will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until noon tomorrow, reopening at 4 p.m. Tickets also can be purchased through Ticketmaster, 410-481-7328.

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