Beavercreek hosts Midwest soccer championship, brings big business

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) If you can’t make it to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, there’s another soccer competition locally showcasing some of the best youth teams across the Midwest.

Saturday, teams from across the Midwest competed in Beavercreek for the 2014 U.S. National Youth Midwest Regional Championship.

The John Ankeney Soccer Complex hosted this year’s tournament, after successfully hosting the competition back in 2010.

4 years ago, the complex help draw in millions of dollars for Beavercreek and the surrounding area by hosting the national tournament.

There’s a lot on the line for the players, but they are not the only ones hoping for a win this weekend.

Local businesses are hoping to make a huge profit from the tournament, that same cash flow often spans as far as Cincinnati to Columbus.

Soccer fanatic and complex owner John Ankeney told 2NEWS he is happy to bring big business here.

“We’re part of the community so that’s our part in support,” he said.

In 10 years, the field has grown tremendously with 21 active fields that can expand to 50 if needed.

Those numbers are something few other complexes around the nation have the capacity to do, which is why tournament organizers are drawn to Beavercreek.

The former soccer coach said what draws in tournaments creates a reciprocal reaction, drawing in business for local vendors.

Vendors like Fine Designs that creates one-of-a-kind T-shirts and game day apparel for fan and players alike.

Run with family and friends, the local business owners believe the product is affordable and attractive to tournament attendees.

“It’s really the customization factor that’s key to or sales. People come out her you know they can get soccer balls they can get their team names on their bags so not only is it good for business but also with names makes it a memorable piece of apparel,” said Ivan Skachko.

Food trucks and businesses are also a big hit at the tournament, often providing quick access to a meal right from the sidelines of the game.

Beth Schuek is one of those vendors who has also been seeing the benefits of the tournament at her stand and  her two locally-owned hotels, which are booked to capacity with a mix of her regular crowd and the tournament crews.

Saturday, she set up her tent for her side gig Snow Cones & Cotton Candy Ladies.

“It’s wonderful for me it’s a win win all the way around from the hotel side to you know this is just something we do part-time for college education for our kids and it does great for them.”
Now the only thing John is hoping for is win from the hometown team,” said the business-savvy mom.

The tournament will continue throughout the weekend and Monday.

Organizers hope to see more cash pour into Beavercreek and the area, as team across the Midwest duke it out for two spots to the national title.

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