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'96 Olympics eye UM, Ft. Meade sites


WASHINGTON -- The University of Maryland and Fort Meade are two of the three locations being considered for Olympic Village sites for the 1996 Summer Games.

The announcement was made yesterday by Billy Payne, President of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.

Washington is one of four cities selected to host early-round matches in the men's and women's Olympic soccer tournaments July 20-25, 1996.

American University in the District of Columbia is the other site in the Washington area being considered for an Olympic Village.

Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Orange Bowl in Miami are the other venues for preliminary games.

The soccer semifinals and championships will likely be played at Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia in Athens.

Either seven or eight men's teams and three or four women's teams will reside and train in the Washington area.

The sites are not expected to be announced until 1995.

There will be 16 teams in the men's tournament and eight nations in the first women's tournament. There will be three men's/women's doubleheaders and three single men's games at RFK.

Tickets for Olympic soccer will not go on sale until next spring, but the Washington Soccer Organizing Committee announced that it will begin forming a Washington Soccer Medalists' Club booster group as early as Tuesday. The group's members will have priority to buy tickets and choose the location of their seats for RFK matches.

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