Tulsa to Host Largest Youth Soccer Tournament in State
13 Apr, 2015
Lexus Tulsa Cup Projected to Create More Than $5.5 Million Economic Impact in Tulsa Region
The Tulsa Soccer Club (TSC) Hurricane, Oklahoma’s largest competitive soccer club, and the Tulsa Sports Commission will welcome thousands of youth athletes from across the country April 10 through 12 for the Lexus Tulsa Cup soccer tournament, sponsored by Lexus of Tulsa, featuring nearly 1,000 matches on 50 fields spread throughout the Tulsa region.
"This is a huge weekend for soccer in Tulsa – from the footprint to the economic impact," said Vince Trinidad, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission. "We love seeing our regional venues this busy and assisting our local partners in making their events successful. This is a "homegrown" event that now, in its fifth year, is the largest soccer tournament ever held in Oklahoma."
More than 400 teams from eight different states bringing more than 20,000 coaches and spectators for the duration of the tournament.
"This tournament has grown rapidly over the last couple of years. We’re excited to be attracting teams on a national level and bringing visitors to Tulsa,” said Jim Tindell, executive director of TSC Hurricane. “We are very thankful to the citizens of Tulsa County who voted for Vision 2025 that was instrumental in developing Mohawk Sports Complex. Without the complex and the investment the citizens have made we would not be able to host an event of this size. In fact, we have even had to turn away over 50 out of town teams due to lack of fields and hotel capacity.”
Nearly 6,000 hotel rooms have been booked at more than 70 hotels in the area for the weekend, with the out of town travelers expected to boost the local economy by more than $5.5 million.
"Youth competitive soccer has a larger economic impact than most people realize. It is a great tournament weekend for the Tulsa area and our hotel partners are very appreciative of weekend events when corporate travel is light," Tindell said.
The Tulsa Sports Commission will also host the US Youth Soccer National Championship at Mohawk Sports Complex July 21-25, 2015 for an estimated economic impact of $8.5 million.
"Tulsa loves soccer - from youth soccer to the Athletics and the Roughnecks," Trinidad said. "We're really trying to optimize on that by utilizing Mohawk Sports Complex as a home for high level tournaments. The USYS National Championship will be a great boost for Tulsa's reputation at the national level as a sports destination and the Tulsa Sports Commission is excited to continue to help grow that."
In addition to Mohawk Sports Complex, the Lexus Tulsa Cup will host matches at Indian Springs Sports Complex at 13600 S. 145th E. Ave. in Broken Arrow and Metro Tulsa Soccer Complex at 10715 S. Delaware. Combined, the three venues will host 984 matches on more 50 fields.