Soccer Tourneys to Bring Large Impact

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(file photo courtesy Grand Park) (file photo courtesy Grand Park)
WESTFIELD -

A pair of US Club Soccer tournaments being held at Grand Park in Westfield over the next two weeks is expected to have a major benefit to the area. The events, the first of which begins Thursday, are expected to generate more than $12 million in direct economic impact.

Grand Park will first host the 2017 National Premiere Leagues Finals, which will feature more than 4,000 players from 160 teams. The teams in the tournament, which runs through Monday, include 13-U through 19-U boys and girls age groups. 

Another 160 teams will take part in the National Cup XVI Finals, which will take place July 21-24 at Grand Park. The tournament, which is culmination of US Club Soccer's countrywide championship series, will also include more than 4,000 athletes in the same age groups.

"We are thrilled to welcome US Club Soccer back to our home for the second time in three years," says Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. "Hosting these tournaments provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of our city to a coast-to-coast audience and significantly help our economy prosper at the local level."

Grand Park says the economic impact estimate includes direct spending from 12,000 total hotel room nights, $550,000 in rental car expenses and $425,000 in food and beverage consumption, among other examples. You can learn more about the events by clicking here.

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