Event Will Bring An Estimated 18+ Million Into Local Economy
Everyone is invited to watch more than 520 youth soccer teams from 13 U.S. states, Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Japan and Mexico compete in the 19th annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Soccer Tournament Oct. 26-28. The platinum-ranked tournament will be based at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, with games at many fields throughout the city. Roger Tabor, president of the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, estimates the event will bring $18+ million into the local economy.
Teams of boys and girls ages 8 to 15 will compete between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26; between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; and between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Gold and silver levels are offered for boys and girls, with each team guaranteed three games. Friday games will include primarily local teams playing at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex. Admission to games is free all weekend. Spectators should bring their own seating, as thousands are expected to attend and participate; carpooling is encouraged as parking lots will fill up quickly.
“This annual tournament brings millions of dollars into our local economy every year,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “Youth from across North America, and even as far away as Japan, get to travel to Las Vegas and play the sport they love. I invite everyone to share in the fun and see these marvelous young athletes compete.”
The tournament will take place at the following fields:
- Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, 7353 Eugene Ave. (tournament headquarters)
- All-American Park, 1551 S. Buffalo Drive
- Kellogg Zaher Sports Complex, 7901 W. Washington Ave.
- Centennial Hills Park, 7101 N. Buffalo Drive
- Cragin Park, 984 Hinson St.
- Ed Fountain Park, 1400 N. Decatur Blvd.
- Teton Trails Park, 7850 N. Bradley Road
- Thunderbird Family Sports Complex/Viper Fields, 6105 N. Durango Drive
Members of first- and second-place teams will receive individual medals in each age division, and a trophy will be awarded to all first-place teams. Championship games will begin at approximately noon Sunday at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex, Ed Fountain and All-American parks. Awards will first be presented at approximately 1 p.m. at the stage at Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex and continue until about 4:30 p.m. The event is co-hosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club. For more information, including schedules, maps, teams, and rules, go online to www.lvmayorscup.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The website will be updated daily with scores and standings; follow the tournament on Twitter @LVMayorsCup.