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Shawnee Park to Host 3 National Youth Soccer Tournaments in 2019 & 2020

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - Three national youth soccer tournaments are coming to our area in 2019 and 2020.

The Shawnee Park Sports Complex is partnering with the Barboursville Soccer Complex to host the 2019 US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, and the 2019 and 2020 US Youth Soccer Eastern President’s Cup.

Kanawha County Commissioner Ben Salango released the following statement:

“We designed the new Shawnee Park Sports Complex to be the premier youth sports facility in West Virginia, one capable of attracting the very best -- that is why I am so excited that we can partner with US Youth Soccer and Barboursville to host the Eastern Regionals and the President’s Cup.  These tournaments will bring thousands of youth sport participants and their families to our great state and county.  In addition to showcasing Shawnee Park and the Kanawha Valley, the tournaments will provide a boost to our local economy to the tune of $32 million in new spending. That is significant for hotels, restaurants, and all local businesses.”

The 2019 Eastern Regional Championships is a part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, and it will feature approximately 225 Boys and Girls teams in the 12U through 19U age groups.

The Kanawha County Commission says the 5-day event is projected to bring a $16,000,000 impact to the Kanawha Valley.

The 2019 and 2020 Eastern Presidents Cups are part of the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup competition, and they will feature around 100 Boys and Girls teams in the 12U through 18U age groups.

The Kanawha County Commission says these two events will provide an $8,000,000 economic impact in both 2018 and 2019.

 

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper stated:

“Today proves that the Shawnee Park Sports Complex has been tremendous investment in our community and our County.  I want to thank US Youth Soccer, it is truly an honor to host these tournaments.”  Commissioner Hoppy Shores added, “This is a great day, I am excited that thousands of children will soon be able to play on the brand-new turf fields at Shawnee Park.”

For 2019 alone, the Shawnee Sports Complex anticipates the Eastern Regional and President’s Cup will provide an economic impact in the Kanawha Valley of $23 million.

Shawnee Park plans to host a minimum of 8 to 10 additional tournaments in 2019 in various sports, including soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and football.

Commissioner Salango stated, “I fully expect that the economic impact from the first full year of the new Shawnee Park Sports Complex will exceed $30 million and, in all likelihood, approach $40 million or more.”


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