Its the tenth anniversary of the Veteran's Invitational Soccer Tournament and it's currently underway in Evansville. The event, put on by the Evansville Soccer Club brings in more than 4,000 soccer players from 8 different states. Along with the many teams that benefit from the tournament, the city of Evansville and surrounding areas receive a huge economic boost. The annual tournament is the largest youth sporting event in Southwestern Indiana.
The Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau reports the two weekend tournament brings an estimated 5 million dollars to the local economy. Organizers say that more than 250 teams are competing in this weekends tournament, which brings nearly 10,000 families from across the Midwest. Evansville Soccer Club President, Jim King says this event is a boost for local businesses. The tournament brings 4,000 players and referees from Chicago, Tennessee, Louisville, Ohio and a host of other states. Officials say with this event, the Evansville area scores big! King says the tournament has sold out every hotel within 60 miles of the complex, Teresa Bowman from Tennessee says its best to plan ahead.
Referee Matt Curtis says in addition to the attractions, the facility itself makes people want to come back. The spacious fields, convenient location and estimated 5 million dollar boost for Evansville makes this facility an ideal catch. This weekend is the girl's tournament and the event concludes next weekend as thousands of boys soccer teams take the field.
For more information about the tournament-- visit www.visitevansville.com