Sioux Falls, SD
Hard work on the soccer fields at Yankton Trail Park is paying off.
"If you look at the complex today, at first glance, it looks like nothing has happened. But what you actually see is the result of a three year effort," said Mark Glissendorf, co-chair of the 2017 US Youth Soccer Region II Championships.
Parks and Recreation has been getting the park ready to host nearly 5,000 soccer players. Next week, the 2017 Youth Soccer Region 2 Championships will get underway.
"We could easily hit 15,000 people with referees and parents and things coming into Sioux Falls," said Sioux Falls City Councilman Rex Rolfing.
This is the first time Sioux Falls has hosted the games since 2009. It's expected to bring almost 17 million dollars to the local economy.
"It's like moving Mitchell to Sioux Falls. Think about that. It's like moving Mitchell to Sioux Falls for a long weekend," said Rolfing.
Soccer players are coming from 14 states, from as far as Kentucky and Michigan.
"This is literally probably the biggest event that Sioux Falls hosts as far as a sporting event, and certainly a convention or tourism event," said Teri Schmidt, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Admission is free, but you will have to pay for a parking pass. Preliminary games start on June 23.
Players and their families are supposed to book 14,000 hotel room nights while in town for the six day tournament.
The finals for the tournament are June 28.
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