With demand outreaching supply for this Thursday's Quarterfinal doubleheader at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Organizing Committee announced today that it will decrease its downsizing and put additional $30 Category III tickets on sale immediately. Tickets for the doubleheader featuring the United States vs. Germany and Brazil against Nigeria are available by calling (202) 432-7328, or through any TicketMaster outlet. The first match between the defending Olympic gold medalists and European champions begins at 7 p.m. EDT. "Based on the increased interest in the tournament matches in Washington, D.C., we felt we needed to respond accordingly and open the top level of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium," said Marla Messing, President and CEO of the Organizing Committee. "With the additional seats, we will have a capacity of approximately 55,000." The downsized capacity of the suburban Washington, D.C. stadium was originally planned for 41,110 for the Quarterfinal. The First Round doubleheader on June 23 at the stadium drew 16,448 as defending champion Norway defeated Canada and Sweden topped Australia. The First Round doubleheader on June 27 drew 22,109 as Brazil tied Germany and Nigeria defeated Denmark. Jennifer Lopez to perform at Closing Ceremonies Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez will perform live on July 10 during the Closing Ceremonies Women's World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. To accommodate the expanded Closing Ceremonies, the start of the Third Place Match has been moved back 15 minutes to 10:15 a.m. PDT. The Final will remain at 12:50 p.m. The singer's debut single "If You Had My Love" made history last week by claiming the No. 1 slot simultaneously on the Hot 100, Hot 100 Single Sales, and R&B Singles sales charts. The high-energy Closing Ceremonies celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m. PDT, following the Third Place Match. The Closing Ceremonies and Final will mark the end of the largest women's-only sporting event in history, which yesterday announced that it has surpassed 560,000 in ticket sales and had an average of more than 32,900 fans per First Round date. The July 10th Third Place/Final has already sold more than 55,000 tickets. The Final will be televised live on ABC with the Third Place Match on ESPN. "The Women's World Cup will conclude with an exciting Closing Ceremonies featuring one of the hottest female stars today," said Messing. "Jennifer Lopez exemplifies the spirit of the Women's World Cup, and we are thrilled to have her be a part of this history-making event."
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