Fans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding that the seats they bought might not be together.
Tickets were available to print Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were sometimes in separate rows and even sections. Even families with young children were separated.
Seamus Campbell, of Portland, Ore., bought five tickets for the semifinals and finals in Lyon. Three seats are in a single row, but with a random individual seat breaking up the group, and another seat is two rows back and the last is in a row behind that.
“It’s just astonishing that they didn’t find a way to put blocks of tickets together,” he said. “And I appreciate that there are a lot of tickets, and they’re selling them all at once, but I just can’t fathom how you would end up — and I’m a software developer — I don’t know how you would build a system that said, ‘We have three seats that are almost together but we’re gonna put one single seat in between those three.’”
FIFA responded on the verified Women’s World Cup Twitter account, saying it will “not be able to modify your order.”
The tournament starts June 7 and runs through July 7.
Stanford adds son
of Cardinal greats
Stanford announced its 2019 men’s basketball recruiting class with four signings: three forwards, James Keefe (Los Angeles), the son of Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Adam and Kristin Keefe; Neal Begovich (St. Ignatius), a Chronicle All-Metro selection; and Spencer Jones (Roeland Park, Kan.), along with point guard Tyrell Terry (Minneapolis), a consensus four-star prospect.
College golf: The No. 7 Stanford women were one of seven teams to qualify for match play before play was suspended because of darkness at Blessing Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.
Arkansas senior Maria Fassi, third in the world amateur rankings, won the NCAA title on her home course with a bogey-free 5-under-par 68. Albane Valenzuela paced the Cardinal through stroke play, finishing at 1-over for stroke play and currently tied for sixth.
Also qualifying for match play were Duke, USC, Wake Forest, Arizona and Auburn. Quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Tuesday, with the championship match Wednesday.
NBA: The Minnesota Timberwolves retained Ryan Saunders as head coach. Saunders, at 33 the youngest coach in the league, will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of last season, a role long held by his father.
Hockey: Canada shut out Denmark 5-0 at the world championship in Kosice, Slovakia. Canada climbed to second in Group A with 15 points, one behind leading Finland and one ahead of the United States. The Canadians close the preliminary round Tuesday against the U.S.
Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, 40, will face welterweight champ Keith Thurman (29-0) on July 20 in Las Vegas for the WBA belt.
Obituary: Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two titles after a crash that left him with serious burns, has died. He was 70.
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