Storm soaks day one of Creek Classic soccer tournament

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The 23rd annual Creek Classic Soccer tournament started without a hitch Saturday.

More than six thousand young athletes took over soccer fields at Wright State University, Hobson Freedom Park and the John Ankeney soccer complex.

Organizers said the two day tournament grows each year with more than 400 teams participating from across the Midwest.

Counting the athletes plus, the coaches, refs, parents and other spectators the total number of people coming to the Creek Classic soccer tournament comes close to 19,000.

Bringing in an estimated $2.7 million dollars to the local economy.

John Ankeney the event’s co-director said even though the tournament brings in a lot of money, it’s not what it’s all about.

“What’s special about it is the kids. We run a tournament based on all the kids,” said Ankeney. “We have extremely good teams and we have teams that play regular.  We provide good facilities, the best facilities in the two or three states and we try to make it a fun experience for the team. The smaller team or the big teams.”

Although the tournament kicked off to bright and sunny weather, things took a turn.

Rolling in just before six o’clock, Saturday’s storm brought strong winds and heavy rain forcing thousands of people at the John Ankeney soccer complex to get into their vehicles for cover.

Rain, soaking the fields leaves the status of Sunday’s games up in the air.

Organizers plan to make the call early Sunday morning.

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