Home | Photos | Events | Facilities | Parks | Leagues | Programs | Helpful Links | Home | State Chess Championship | Opening Day-Decatur DYB | Awards Luncheon | Ingalls Pavilion | Crafternoon | Fit 'N Female | Daddy-Daughter Valentine Tea | Old State Bank | Kicking off the Christmas Season | By the Numbers | Daddy Daughter | Coed Volleyball | SoulStock | Basketball Camp | Decatur Dixie Darling Recital | River City Shootout | Alabama Grand Prix | First Guests at Ingalls Pavilion | Brenda Vandiver | Employment | Lunch Bunch Club | March for Prenatal Health | Special Olympics | Lacrosse in Decatur | Parents' Guide to Concussions | Sign Him Up! | Ingalls Pavilion | Decatur Dixie Debs U18 | Life at a Recreation Center | Julian Rice Walker | Kids on July 4th | Trunk or Treat | Centennial SportsPlex Results | Parks & Recreation News | Featured Events | Arts 'n Autism | Decatur Dixie Darlings | Kid's Day Camp | Governor's Cup | Now Hiring | Happy Hearts Quilt Show | TC Almon Activities | Austin High School | Regional Special Olympics | Special Olympics Win Big | Outdoor Camp | Riverwild | Summer Swim Lessons | Austin Lady Black Bears | National Special Olympic Games | Eggstravaganza | Summer Camps | Riverwild Grand Opening | Tree Replacement Program | Now Hiring! | Welcome New Employee | TAG | Therapeutics | Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs | Ribbon Cutting & Tournament | John Paul Marusak | Angler of the Year | Kawa Shi Judo Club | Are You an Instructor? | Health Benefits of Running | Punt, Pass & Kick | World Series Champions! | 3v3 Tournament | NUCOR Children's Christmas | 2014 SWAC Softball Championship | Old State Bank Happenings | P.H.A.T | Compliment! | NFL Punt, Pass & Kick | Belly Dancing | The Open Cup | Old State Bank | Open Cup | 2011 NaNoWriMo Success | The Open Cup | Two State Tennis Tournaments | Women's Soccer | EGGstravaganza | NAFECO | Ingalls Pavilion | Why Team Sports? | Trunk or Treat 2013 | The Open Cup | Chess Club | Travel Marketing Professional | Contest | The Open Cup | Charger Chillout! | Charger Chillout | Women's Softball Invitational | The Big Deal | Three Assistant Supervisors | How to Read a Nutrition Label | Decatur Is Number One | The Benefits of Swimming | New Assistant Supervisors | Brazilian Martial Arts | Cast Your Vote | Doubleshot | State Championship Here | DPR Staff | Sponsorships | A Vintage Christmas Tea Party | Man-Up PR | Summer Swim Lessons | Lego-Botics Club | Concerts by the River | March Madness Recap | NASL Fall Classic | Sock Hop! | Lifeguard | Decatur Youth Symphony | Lacrosse in Decatur | Spring Tea Party | Attributes of Recreation | Third Friday | Sportsmanship: A Deeper Understanding | Senior Art Exhibit | Cheerleading | Camp Safe Haven | Recreation Complex | Why a Softball League | Benefits of Water Exercise | Archery | Hit The Road | Parks & Recreation | Benefits of Reading | Amphitheater | Research Project | Presidents Cup | Seven Reasons for Camp | A Great Week! | Alabama Junior Cup | LEGO Education | Google Panoramio | Batting Cages Create Great Hitters | David Donald Albritton | Creation of the Lunch Bunch Club | How Playgrounds Improve the Community | Benefits of Baton | Basketball Boot Camp | Beyond the Bell | Mad Hatter Tea Party | A Look at Decatur | Decatur Depot | Ft. Decatur Kids Day Camp | Great News |

Share |

The Open Cup

 

By Seth Burkett
The Decatur Daily


The Open Cup will bring more than 240 youth soccer teams to Decatur this weekend, leading to an estimated direct economic impact of $1.7 million.

Melinda Dunn, president of the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said teams have booked more than 2,200 hotel room nights in Decatur and the surrounding area this week. Teams playing at Jack Allen Soccer Complex will be from across the United States and six other countries — Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Panama and Mexico.

“It’s a big partnership to pull off something like this,” Dunn said. “We have to work with our sister cities to be able to host all the people that we have coming in.”

Under-9, or U9, through U19 girls and boys teams will compete in the tournament sanctioned by Premier Soccer Services. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday and concludes Sunday.

The CVB’s estimate of the tournament’s direct economic impact includes traceable spending such as for gas, meals and hotel stays, and does not account for indirect economic impact, Dunn said.

Receptionists at several Decatur hotels said their facilities were either sold out or heavily booked for the coming weekend.

Tom Kurzenbaum, a staff member at Hampton Inn on Beltline Road Southwest, said the 90-room hotel was “solidly booked,” with tournament-goers accounting for about 70 percent of bookings.

“It’s a busy weekend — very, very booked up — but we’re excited about the business,” Kurzenbaum said.

Sandee Sartain, director of sales for Best Western and Microtel Inn and Suites, said teams will be staying at both hotels.

“We’re at sell-out capacity. There’s also a fishing tournament going on this weekend and there’s also the (Alabama) Chicken and Egg Festival,” Sartain said, referring to the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series at Ingalls Harbor and Moulton’s annual poultry-themed agricultural festival, which will feature Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit performing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts will also hold its second Petals for the Princess event this weekend.“It’s going to be a good weekend,” Sartain said. “This is the largest soccer tournament that we host.”

The tournament debuted in Decatur in 2012 with about 200 teams and will return next year, Dunn said.

The Jack Allen Soccer Complex has 11 fields, including 2 championship fields, and seating for up to 3,000 spectators.

Dunn said staggered timeslots should prevent traffic around the park on Modaus Road Southwest from becoming too congested, though the ongoing Beltline widening project could cause delays.

Meteorologist Andy Kula with the National Weather Service in Huntsville said that despite a front moving into the area sometime Thursday that could decrease temperatures overnight, the weather this weekend should be pleasant.

“Right now, Friday through Sunday we’ve got mostly clear skies forecast, with temperatures around 70 for the highs,” Kula said. “If we get some rain, it’s not going to be long-lasting with this system.”

Dunn said the tournament marks the start of an event-filled period leading up to the President’s Cup soccer tournament in June.

“We have an amazingly busy time between festivals, tennis tournaments, softball, lacrosse tournaments and fishing — a busy three months ahead,” Dunn said.

Seth Burkett can be reached at 256-340-2446 or sburkett@decaturdaily.com

 


Move your mouse over me Move your mouse over me Move your mouse over me