The Bryan Park Soccer Complex will host the largest soccer tournament ever held in the area this weekend.
The NC Fusion Adidas Clash being held Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 will host 281 men’s teams playing at 35 fields in five locations and 191 women’s teams playing at 25 fields in three locations. In 1996 the entire event was hosted at Bryan Park, but this year games will be played on fields from Springwood Park in Gibsonville to Truist Sports Park in Bermuda Run.
Teams are coming from seven states and the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has projected the soccer tournament will have an economic impact of $3.53 million and generate 4,000 to 5,000 hotel room nights.
One of the uses for American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds that has been considered is greatly expanding the Bryan Park Soccer Complex so larger soccer tournaments could be hosted entirely at that facility.
Greensboro Sports Foundation President Richard Beard said in a press release, “The Bryan Park Soccer Complex is a key component of our incredible sports tourism market. NC Fusion and the Greensboro CVB do an incredible job of recruiting these huge events. Great facilities give us the ability to host these events. It’s critical that we continue to invest in a complex which opened 35 years ago. Each year we build upon the success of the previous year and generate additional impact for our community.”
In March 2023, the Bryan Park Soccer Complex will host two consecutive weekends of the US Youth Soccer Elite 64 National Showcase with each weekend bringing more than 250 teams to the triad. And in June, Greensboro will be the host site of the Elite Clubs National League (ENCL) Boys Championships bringing more than 300 teams from across the country to Greensboro.
Beard said, “Youth sporting events are enormous economic drivers for our community. Soccer was one of the first sports to bounce back and boost sports tourism during the pandemic. We are excited to prepare for a record-setting 2023 soccer calendar that is project to generate $60 million in economic impact.”
As someone who has recently the past few years attended large events at the Bryan Park soccer complex I will attest to the fact that the facilities are unacceptable for large scale events. The lack of accessible parking, traffic control, and port-o-john and hand washing facilities is completely lacking. As soon as the new mega sports complex in Raleigh is done say goodbye to the big tourneys that have been suffering our inadequate facilities for recent years due to a lack of alternative. If a private entity were to try to permit an event with as many folks that attend these tourneys at least 3 times as many port-o-lets as Bryan Park (city run) does.