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Soccer Economic Impact

Cudahy, Milwaukee Wave, Wal-Mart

With the Wave training center, Cudahy can expect to have Soccer Moms and Dads spending money in our area while their kids train.  Here is an article from Cleveland on the Soccer economic impact of tournament play.


I wish our Cudahy Mayor would feel like this Mayor in the article does.  Time is running out, Let there be no doubt


I also wish our Council members saw the big picture as well… In a greater scheme, On a wider scene


We cannot have the Wave Soccer without the Wal-Mart, since it is Wal-Mart that is paying for it.


Economic impact: Premier Soccer Academies expected to bring influx of dollars, visitors


Shaheen Samavati

Plain Dealer Reporter


In a city hit hard by the decline of the steel industry, Premier Soccer Academies could offer new hope for economic vitality.


In addition to adding 14 new jobs in Lorain, the academy's events and tournaments are expected to bring thousands of new visitors.


"There is going to be an influx of outside dollars coming into our community," said Tony Krasienko, Lorain's mayor-elect.  "Every time a family comes in from out of town, they need places to eat.  They need a place to sleep.  They need entertainment in between game times."


PSA held its first youth soccer tournament in June, before its own facilities were complete.  That event alone, which was held at Lorain Community College, attracted about 7,500 visitors including players, parents and volunteers, said Craig Umland, PSA's chief operating officer.


He estimated about $3 million was spent at local restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues during the weekend event.


"We're very hopeful that there's going to be a certain amount of spinoff business that comes from the academy," said Krasienko, who currently serves on Lorain city council.  David Sangree, president of hospitality consulting firm Hotel & Leisure Advisors in Cleveland, said PSA could be a boon to all of Northeast Ohio, since out-of-town visitors are likely to visit tourist attractions in nearby areas, such as downtown Cleveland.


Ben Norton, a retired human resources executive of Lorain Products Corp., is one of 15 Northeast Ohio community and business leaders on a committee that was formed in 2005 to help bring PSA to the region.  Called the Founders Committee, it worked to solicit financial support from local businesses to help get the project going.


"With the support of Brad Friedel, we knew this would give Lorain and Northeast Ohio international exposure," said Norton, who lives in Lorain.


Krasienko said when he becomes Lorain's mayor in January, he plans to market the area around PSA to other youth sports organizations. Krasienko, who currently serves on Lorain city council, said he's had positive conversations with volleyball, football and basketball academies.


"We think this is our foot in the door to this type of industry," he said.  "It seems viable, especially if Premier does really well," he said.

 OR this one…  

Soccer fans expected to have $3.7M economic impact


ne of Birmingham's Top 5 tourism events takes place March 12-13.  The Red Diamond Vulcan Cup soccer tournament is expected to attract 226 teams from 14 states, their coaches, referees, friends and family - nearly 6,000 people.


Local tourism experts predict an economic impact of $3.7 million, a $200,000 increase from last year's amount.


Red Diamond Coffee & Tea is sponsoring the tournament.  Red Diamond president Bill Bowron says the event greatly benefits local restaurants, hotels and other tourist venues.


Tournament Stanley Brock says the event is "a great indicator of Birmingham's climbing status within the soccer community."


Hosted by the Mountain Brook Soccer Club, tournament participants include male and female teams with players aged 9 to 16.  Games will played on fields at 17 area locations.


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