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Triangle economy scores with soccer tournaments

Posted November 14, 2010

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— The local economy was the big winner as more than 1,100 soccer teams from across the country gathered in the Triangle for two tournaments this weekend.

Twenty thousand players will compete in the CASL visitRaleigh.com National Soccer Series over the next two weeks. The tournament draws soccer families like the Kiernans.

The WRAL Soccer Center, on Perry Road in north Raleigh, was serving as the primary competition site this weekend.

"I have three who play travel soccer, and we have traveled every weekend since Aug. 7," soccer mom Ellen Kiernan, of Wilmington, said.

The series is expected to generate more than 25,000 hotel room nights and pump about $9 million into the local economy.

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"These people have to sleep, and they have to eat, so it's money coming from the outside," said Charlie Slagle, CEO of the Capital Area Soccer League.

Meanwhile, the ACC soccer tournament also drew large crowds this weekend.

"Today is two of the best teams in the country – North Carolina and Maryland, No. 3 and No. 4 in the country," Slagle said Sunday. The Tar Heels fell to the Terps, 1-0.

In three weeks, the NCAA women's soccer championship will be played at WakeMed Stadium in Cary. Those games have been sold out for six weeks.


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  • KermitDFrog Nov 15, 2010

    25000 seems about right. Some kids will be doubled/tripled up in a room but, others are traveling with family. Even 20000 room nights is a great boost.

  • Reader X Nov 15, 2010

    You also have to look at the the other fees too. They pay entry fees to play. They have to eat, gas for the cars, etc. Now it may not generate $9 millon, but at least it does generate something.

  • westernwake1 Nov 15, 2010

    Let's do the math. 1100 teams times 18 players per team for two nights (Friday & Saturday). Equals 39,600 room nights. Actually more than 25,000.

  • ncguy Nov 15, 2010

    25,000 room nights?

    A little exageration I think.