July 17, 2014

National Youth Soccer Tournament Could Bring in 4 to 5 Million Dollars to County

In May, the Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Maryland SoccerPlex partnered on a Sports Economic Impact Study that showed soccer tournament visitors had spent close to $13.9 million while in the Montgomery County area on food, lodging, entertainment, local transportation and retail purchases.

On the heels of that study, the SoccerPlex in Boyds is gearing up to host the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) National Championship Series July 22-27. USYSA is the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament, bringing together the nation's top 96 youth soccer teams in the Under-13 through Under-19 Boys and Girls brackets. The estimated economic impact of the USYSA is between four to five million dollars.

“This tournament will provide a boost in occupancy during a period when there is less business travel,” said Kelly Groff, president and CEO of the CVB. “In one week, the tournament will generate 8,000 room nights.”

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