Hamilton County economy will receive major ‘kick’ during weekend youth soccer tournament

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WESTFIELD, Ind. (July 10, 2015) — The next two weeks in Hamilton County are gearing up to be some of the busiest and most lucrative events in the short history of Grand Park.

Roughly 3,000 youth soccer players from 50 different teams representing 28 states will be in town for the annual National Premiere League Finals.

“We’ve been looking for a Midwest host for about two years now,” said Leo Garcia, the NPL general manager.

Garcia oversees the National Premier League Finals. The annual traveling tournament chose Central Indiana right after the Grand Park construction  plans were finalized.

This particular facility has a phenomenal amount of really quality fields in addition it has access to turf fields which allows us some flexibility,” said Garcia.

Organizing an event of this magnitude was a big chore for leadership with Grand Park.

“Logistically speaking, the most important thing are the fields and making sure they are well manicured to make sure we have a world class event,” said Don Rawson, President & CEO of Indiana Sports Properties.

The local economy in Hamilton County also getting a kick.

“About $4.7 million  in direct spending to the local economy,” said William Knox, the director of the Hamilton County Sports Authority.

Next weekend about 2,000 players from 120 teams representing 20 various states will venture to Grand Park for The National Cup XIV Finals.

Between the two soccer frenzy weekend, an estimated 10,000 hotel room will be booked. Approximately 8,000 spectators will visit Central Indiana, according to Knox.

“It really represents how successful  the event is and how successful soccer is in this country,” said Garcia.

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