Opening match in Bochum sold out
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A capacity crowd in Bochum will witness the Opening Match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010.

The four stadiums in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden are ready to receive the world’s elite, most of whom have already arrived at their tournament bases in Germany. Countless fans from the host nation and abroad are now looking forward to the start of the fifth FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will kick off on 13 July.

“I can say without fear of contradiction that we’re well-prepared for the tournament," said FIFA Women’s World Cup Local Organising Committee (OC) President Steffi Jones. "We’d like to wish the 16 teams and their fans a very warm welcome. We can promise them excellent conditions and a superb atmosphere for their matches.”

Enthusiasm and a good atmosphere are guaranteed on 13 July in Bochum, where the Opening Match kicks off at 11.30am. The fact that all the tickets for the meeting between Germany and Costa Rica at the FIFA World Cup Arena Bochum have already been sold reflects the high level of  local interest in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2010. The stadium’s capacity for the tournament is 19,200 seats, but has been expanded to 22,000 with additional standing places to accommodate an officially designated school outings day.

“We’re delighted by the fantastic public support in the Ruhr valley region, especially from pupils attending as part of a school outings day. The Opening Match at a World Cup certainly deserves a wonderful setting like this,” continued Jones, who is convinced the thrilling spectacle provided by the best up-and-coming national teams in the world will also spark high popular demand for tickets to the remaining 31 matches at the first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany. Germany’s third group fixture, against France in Augsburg at 11.30 on 20 July, is also already sold out.

At the Opening Match in Bochum, where Germany begin their self-proclaimed 'Mission Gold', fans will be entertained from 9.30am by a colourful supporting programme on the stadium site, including showbiz acts and interactive modules. The opening ceremony starts at 11.10am on the pitch at the FIFA World Cup Arena Bochum, featuring some 300 performers from the region. In the second match of the day in Bochum, Colombia will play France at 2:30pm.

“The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is intended as a festival for all the family, and especially for kids and young people. Apart from the attractive matches, part of that includes a colourful supporting programme. The fans won’t be disappointed, starting with the Opening Match in Bochum and continuing throughout the tournament,” continued Jones.

Tickets for the first FIFA women’s football tournament in Germany are available from €2.50 via the official website (FIFA.com/Germany2010). The price includes travel to and from the match by public transport, generally valid from three hours before kick-off and up to three hours after each match.