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Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 2:38 PM
By: Lawrence Budd - Staff Writer
— The Warren County Sports Park at Union Village is expected to host a national youth soccer tournament next spring.
The Premier SuperCopa event will be the first national championship soccer event played at the new park, according to Ben Huffman, director of sports enterprises for the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).
“Being selected to host such a highly regarded tournament was an absolute honor, and we’re looking forward to working alongside the Cincinnati USA CVB, U90C and everyone involved to put on a wonderful event,” Huffman said in a press release.
The 2019 tournament, held last week at MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas, drew an estimated 20,000 people over five days, according to the release issued by bureau.
In Dallas, the management organization for the event announced its 2020 tournament will be played at the Warren County Sports Park from June 17 to June 21, 2020, according to the release issued this week.
Work began on the 128-acre Warren County Sports Park in February 2018. The sports complex off Ohio 741 in Turtlecreek Twp. is expected to be finished later this year.
Last week, Warren County Economic Development Director Martin Russell said the WCCVB was considering opening the complex in 2020.
The complex features 14 international-sized soccer fields, six baseball fields and other amenities.
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau and the WCCVB mounted a joint effort to secure the tournament.
Held annually, the invitation-only tournament features nearly 200 youth soccer clubs, more than 3,000 of the nation’s best boys and girls players 9-12 years old.
“We’ve built the only destination sports park in Southern Ohio, and couldn’t have picked a better event to help inaugurate this new facility,” said Phillip S. Smith, president & CEO of the WCCVB.