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The FA has confirmed that Nottingham Forest's City Ground will once again host the FA Women's Cup Final sponsored by E.ON on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May 2008.
Kick off is 1pm, and the game will be broadcast for the seventh consecutive season live on BBC One.
Last season a colossal 24,529 piled into the City Ground to see Vic Akers' Arsenal beat Charlton Athletic 4-1, dwarfing the previous record of 13,824, set when Arsenal edged home 1-0 against Fulham in the 2001 Final at Selhurst Park.
Last season's final attendance bettered the crowds at two Premiership matches the same weekend and was also higher than seven Championship matches.
Nottingham Forest Chief Executive Mark Arthur said: "We're delighted to be hosting The Women's Cup Final for the second successive year.
"As a club, we're proud of the part we played in attracting a record crowd of 24,529 to this year's thrilling Final. We're grateful for the support of not only The FA and E.ON but also Nottingham City Council and the East Midlands Development Agency.
"We firmly believe The City Ground provides a fitting setting to what is a showpiece event in the English football calendar."
Interest in the women's game continues to go from strength to strength, with England's World Cup performances seeing them move into the world's top ten for the first time, and a peak television audience of 1.9million viewers tuning in to the quarter final against the USA.
At grassroots level, participation rates also continue to grow, with 147,000 registered female players making football the number one female participation sport in England.
The 2007 Final was the first to be played under the sponsorship of E.ON and forms one part of a wider partnership the energy company has with The FA. Mike Thompson, E.ON's Head of Sponsorship said: "We are delighted that this season's FA Women's Cup Final will once again be held at The City Ground. Nottingham is central to E.ON both in terms of our customers and our colleagues.
"Nottingham is such a big part of our heritage and we've been operating in the area for almost 60 years. We are really looking forward to supporting the competition each step of the way to a fantastic Final."
One of the other major memories of last season's Final was the weekend-long series of community events in the city, culminating in two days of football activities for young children in Market Square, which also saw the involvement of Notts County Football Club and the Nottinghamshire FA.
Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council said: "We're delighted The FA has again chosen Nottingham and the City Ground as the venue for The FA Women's Cup Final.
"It was a fantastic event last year that attracted a record crowd and we are ambitious to help beat this figure next year. The festival of football that ran alongside the 2007 event was also a great success and we look forward to working with our partners to stage another similar event next May."
Tickets for the Final are on sale now, priced £5 for Adults, £2.50 for concessions and once again, a special booking rate for group bookings of £1 per ticket, for groups of 15 people or more.
The Nottingham Forest FC ticket hotline is: 0871 226 1980, and booking forms will be available at www.TheFA.com/women from early next week.
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