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Lancaster soccer championship to have $15M impact

By , - Last modified: April 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

For the second year, Lancaster will hold the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships, with an estimated $15 million economic impact, according to a news release.

Opening ceremonies for the tournament running June 28 through July 3 will be held in Clipper Magazine Stadium instead of last year's Hersheypark Stadium, likely increasing the local economic impact significantly, said Joel Cliff, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"Having the opening ceremonies in Lancaster will mean that (families and teams) are spending time and money in our area anywhere from a full day to at least a half-day longer than was the case last year," he said in an email.

It also will be more seamless for the opening event and games all taking place in the same area, he said.

The competition is estimated to be bringing in more than 15,000 attendees and 15,000 hotel rooms booked in the area, he said.

More than 4,000 players on 260 teams will participate in 450 soccer matches, , according to a release from Montgomery County-based Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association, which is co-hosting the event with the bureau.

Region I includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

The event will use sports facilities in East Hempfield and Penn townships. Winners from the competition will continue on to the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in late July in South Carolina.

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