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APR 2018

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2018 Soccer & Lacrosse Fields & Facilities Sourcebook 10 www.sportseventsmagazine.com activities for participants while at events," Heffernan said. Sports planners should recognize that each event is a bit different. "While our goal to provide environments that foster growth and development remains consistent, the way we achieve that varies event to event," Heffernan said. "US Club Soccer has built successful relationships with planners who understand the attention to each detail and our commitment to providing the best possible experience on and off the pitch to our members." DeLeon said that while US Youth Soccer doesn't have specific destinations it always seeks out, there is a trend within its event locations because they all pass a certain criteria required in its Request for Proposals. "In short, we look for complexes and areas that have the right number of fields, enough hotel rooms, an international airport, a good amount of parking and storage, and we look at finances as well," DeLeon said. AYSO holds its National Open Cup at the James C. Gilley Lancaster National Soccer Center in Lancaster, Calif. The premier facility, with 35 fields, is touted as the largest soccer complex in the West. With an ongoing relationship, AYSO's National Open last year brought 5,000 visitors and a $1.2 million boom to the local economy over a four-day span. In 2016, the Lancaster National Soccer Center hosted 955 state cup and national cup teams, drawing approximately 29,000 visitors and an estimated economic impact of $4.5 million. The Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas, serves as national headquarters for US Youth Soccer and hosts its National Championship. The 18-field complex opened in 2005 as a state-of-the-art, professional soccer stadium. US Club Soccer holds its National Cup at the Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, Colo. In 2016, the event boosted the local economy by $4.2 million. Aurora Sports Park offers 23 grass soccer fields and four synthetic-turf fields where teams can train. The professionally maintained fields and facilities hosts more than 350,000 visitors each year. n "While our goal to provide environments that foster growth and development remains consistent, the way we achieve that varies event to event." —Tyler Heffernan, senior manager of communications, US Club Soccer t SOCCER Spotlight US Youth Soccer US Youth Soccer US Club Soccer US Youth Soccer participants celebrate the win. US Club Soccer sanctions and supports more than 500 tournaments each year. US Youth Soccer fosters growth and development of youth ages 5 to 19.

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