$5M impact expected this weekend from ‘haunted’ soccer tourney

Thousands of soccer fans are expected to converge on the Dayton area this weekend for what's being billed as the largest two-day soccer tournament in the nation.

The Ninth Annual Haunted Classic Soccer Tournament happens Saturday and Sunday at three local outdoor sports venues: Ankeney Fields, 505 S. Orchard Lane, Beavercreek; Hobson Freedom Park, 2910 Trebein Road, Beavercreek; and the Oakwood Athletic Complex at Old River Park in Dayton. 

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The two-day event features nearly 600 teams from throughout Ohio, as well as Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana, according to a release from the organizers.

Lydia Koening, (18) from Cedarburg Wi. and Alexis Williams (8) from Frishers In. battle to go to the nationals at the US Youth Soccer Region 2 Championships held at Ankeney Soccer Complex in Beavercreek. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News (JIM NOELKER)

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It's the largest two-day soccer tournament in the nation, bringing close to 9,000 families, 18,000 spectators and about $5 million in tourist spending to the Miami Valley, according to Tournament Co-Director Tim Grinstead. 

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“The overwhelming community support for this event is the reason that the Haunted Classic Tournament has grown to become the largest two-day soccer tournament in the nation,” Grinstead said in a prepared statement. “We’ve had tremendous support from Greene County, Montgomery County, the City of Beavercreek, Beavercreek Township and the City of Oakwood. On top of that, the Haunted Classic is supported by 600 of the friendliest and hardest-working volunteers to ever grace a soccer field.”

The FC Bellbrook Eagles U 12 Girls Team walked away with the Championship trophy for the U 12 Girls Black Division in 2012. The team emerged from the tournament with a 3-0-1 record, after giving up only 1 goal in 4 matches. The team includes: (front row, l-r) Emma Young, Caitlin Erlandson, Brooke Tincher, Dani Westbrock, and Kalli Kramer; (second row), Asst. Coach Brian Hennen, Trainer Tayna Hennen, Eve Thorner, Cassi Hennen, Rielly Coolidge, Sara Rogers, and Olivia Greathouse. (HANDOUT)

 

The economic boon to the area can be measured in-part by hotel bookings, according to Kathleen Wright, executive director of the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

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“It generates more than 2,000 room nights for area hotels, from as far south as Springboro and north to Englewood," Wright said in a prepared statement. "We encourage all of the families and spectators to take some time to enjoy the rich history and fantastic attractions that this region has to offer.” 

More information can be found on the Haunted Classic Soccer Tournament website

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