Teams and Businesses Benefit from UIL Regional Soccer Tournament, Homefield Advantage
POSTED: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 10:02am
It's an action packed weekend full of high school soccer. The best of the best here in region four are competing for a chance at the UIL Regional Championship game Saturday and ultimately the state championship in Austin.
Representing the valley teams: Los Fresnos girls, McAllen High girls, Brownsville Porter boys and Brownsville Lopez boys.
Previously, valley teams have had to travel to San Antonio to compete in the regional tournament, this year, for the first time, it's like home field advantage.
"The facility is wonderful, it gives the valley schools a chance to have their fans to attend the tournament also," said McAllen High Supporter, Ralph Salgado.
With the success of valley soccer teams year after year the dream to build a facility capable of holding a tournament of this caliber finally pulled through, but somewhat at the last minute.
It wasn't until about a month and a half ago that the tournament was given the all clear, and so far, many of the out of towners seem to be pretty impressed with the soccer facility.
"This is our first time to travel this far...I think our girls are adapting...The facilities are beautiful, they're not quite finished, we’ve seen the bathroom and concessions are still temporary...We're thrilled to be here in the regional where ever they are,” said Johnson High Supporter, Leslie Carter.
Lucky for us, Brownsville residents and our teams, the tournaments is here...not just for the home field advantage but also in terms of bringing in some extra revenue for the city.
"If you talk about sales tax, a lot of Brownsville is sustained through sales tax, and the only way to create more sales tax is by having tournaments like this, to bring in new money,” said Brownville City Commissioner Charlie Atkinson.
These out of town teams and their fans are expected to eat in our restaurants, sleep in our hotels and maybe even shop at our retailers.
Sales tax figures will be assessed after the weekend is over to see just how much the city benefits from hosting events like this.
Next year’s regional soccer tournament is already scheduled to be held here, but first, the champions of this tournament must be determined. The girl’s and boy’s championship games will be held Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00pm.