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OC delegation views Augsburg stadium construction site

A FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Organising Committee (OC) expert team headed by general coordinator Ulrich Wolter viewed the Augsburg stadium construction site on Tuesday 5 August 2008, the second stop on a tour of inspection of the 11 candidate host cities for the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in Germany.

Following the pattern of the previous day in Sinsheim, the OC team gave an introductory presentation outlining key dates in the selection process, the requirements to be fulfilled, and the decision-making criteria. The delegation, comprising general coordinator Wolter, head of the cities and stadiums section Winfried Nass, media director Jens Grittner and marketing director Doris Fitschen, then joined representatives of the Augsburg municipality and home club FC Augsburg on a tour of the stadium construction site.

The hosts detailed progress made on the Augsburger Arena project, scheduled for completion in 2009. The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone took place last Thursday, 31 July 2008.

"We’re making every effort to ensure the bid process is clear and above board at all times for Augsburg and the other ten candidate cities," Wolter commented after the tour.

The OC delegation later boarded an ICE high-speed train for the transfer to Dresden, ready to inspect the stadium construction site on Wednesday 6 August.

The final host city roster is set to be announced in Berlin at midday on 30 September 2008, exactly 1,000 days before the opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011.