Club soccer tourney produces big bucks for Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

Club soccer tourney produces big bucks for Black Hills


by Phil Byrne, KOTA Sports

If you host it, the minivans will come. And those minivans mean big business for Rapid City and the Black Hills.

"The economic development of this tournament we're looking at bringing in 1.4 million to 1.6 million dollars total impact for having this tournament here in Rapid City. It's good for soccer to have it here and it's good for the businesses and have people come and visit us," said tournament director Greg Stone.

And this weekend's tournament is fresh off the heels of the last weekend's state tennis tournament. With tourism season over, these activities in Rapid City couldn't have come at a better time.

"Past labor day weekend it tends to slow down a little bit so having state tennis, pow wow last weekend and the state soccer tournament this weekend its a huge economic boost bringing those tourist dollars into Rapid City when tourism is a little bit slow, sports tourism takes the front seat here in the winter months," said Domico Rodriguez of the Rapid City Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

This is the first year Rapid City will host the state club soccer tournament which will prove to be a big boost for west river soccer.

"Well this is the fifteenth tournament that we've had in the state and this is the first time Rapid City has hosted it, so it is very important to Rapid City, we've been trying to host it here for years and we've finally got it this year so we're excited to have it," said Stone.

The bottom line is that sports are a big boon for Rapid City and help keep businesses in the black as the temperatures drop.

"In the summer time, we're fortunate. The restaurants are full and the hotels are full, but in these winter months when they're not full we've got to make sure we open our arms to sporting events, competitive events, and cultural events," said Rodriguez.


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