Palm Beach Cup Playing Out This Weekend
12 May, 2017
Thousands of soccer players, spectators and enthusiasts will make their way to Palm Beach County this weekend for the 10th Annual Palm Beach Cup. This event, which is sanctioned by the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), produced by Palm Beach Soccer Academy and supported by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, will make history by being the first non-baseball tournament to take place at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on May 12-14, 2017.
The Palm Beach Cup will utilize five (5) multipurpose fields located at Palm Beach County’s new Major League Baseball (MLB) Spring Training facility. “The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is thrilled to partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Palm Beach Soccer Academy on the Palm Beach Cup,” said Brady Ballard, General Manager of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. “With a record number of participating teams, it is exciting to have our first non-baseball tournament at the complex.” In addition to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, a variety of other venues will be utilized including Gardens Park, Lilac Park, Mirasol Park, PGA Park, Florida Atlantic University’s Glades Fields, as well as the newly opened Joseph R. Russo Athletic Complex. In total, 25 soccer fields over seven (7) different venues will be utilized to host this tournament.
The Palm Beach Cup will feature 210 teams, consisting of more than 4,000 athletes and over 8,000 total visitors from across Florida, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Haiti, making this one of the largest youth soccer tournaments to take place in South Florida in 2017. The participating teams will contend for titles in boy’s and girl’s divisions, and will feature a variety of age groups (Under 9 to Under 19). “Given that the upcoming 10th Annual Palm Beach Cup will be our biggest ever with over 200 boys and girls youth soccer teams, the multipurpose fields at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches couldn’t have opened at a better time,” said Gary Walker, Founder & CEO of Palm Beach Soccer Academy and Executive Tournament Director of the Palm Beach Cup. “This brand-new venue takes our event to another level of excellence. Along with our excitement about the quality of fields, we’re thrilled to be part of this historic moment for sports in Palm Beach County.”
“The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Palm Beach Soccer Academy, and after years of growth, this partnership has helped transform the Palm Beach Cup into one of the largest soccer tournaments on the Florida Youth Soccer Association calendar, said George Linley, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. “With teams coming from all over the state of Florida and internationally, the Palm Beach Cup will generate an influx of business to Palm Beach County’s hospitality industry.”
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission: The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.