“We are excited AYSA has selected the city of Decatur to host the State Cup, Governor’s Cup and Final Four tournaments,” said Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau President Tami Reist, “Over the last three years, these tournaments filled over 3,800 room nights producing an economic impact of $2.4 million through revenues generated by lodging, dining, and retail sales provided by visitors traveling from outside the area to participate in the tournament.”
The Division I Powerade State Cup and Division II State Cup are set for November 4-6, 2011 with the Governor’s Cup and Division I Powerade State Cup Final Four following on November 11-13, 2011 at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex. The Governor’s Cup, a recreational competition at the state level, decides which teams are Division III (recreation) state champions and has been previously featured by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel as the largest recreational tournament for 9- to 18-year olds in Alabama.
“It must be said, the City of Decatur, the CVB and the Parks and Rec have been phenomenal to work with. We are grateful they continue to work with us to host these events,” said Lynn Bertovic, Office Manager/State Administrator for AYSA. AYSA is the governing body for all soccer clubs in Alabama who qualify to participate in these events.
The Jack Allen Recreation Complex contains 10 international size lighted fields with laser-graded certified sports turf and a computerized irrigation system. With the additional fields located in Point Mallard Park, Decatur has quickly become known nationally as a top rated soccer tournament location.
For more information on the State Cup, Governor’s Cup, and Final Four tournaments, visit the AYSA’s website at www.alabamayouthsoccer.org.