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Soccer tournament kick to city's income

Darton State College student Blake Muncy, left, makes some noise from the sidelines as he cheers for the home team during the No. 1-seeded Darton men’s soccer team’s matchup with Western Texas in the NJCAA National Tournament at Darton Wednesday. See how the team did in Sports, 1B.

Darton State College student Blake Muncy, left, makes some noise from the sidelines as he cheers for the home team during the No. 1-seeded Darton men’s soccer team’s matchup with Western Texas in the NJCAA National Tournament at Darton Wednesday. See how the team did in Sports, 1B.

ALBANY, Ga. — Maybe it’s not professional football, but this week’s 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Men’s Soccer National Championship, hosted by Darton State College, is kicking the local economy into a higher gear.

“I’m sure the economic impact of this tournament will be greater than the women’s tournaments in 2006 and 2007,” said Martha Snow, the tournament’s director and Darton’s events coordinator. “Especially since the format has gone from eight to twelve teams.”

In fact, according to Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Rashelle Beasley, most area hotels are filled with an estimated 4,000 soccer enthusiasts, players, coaches, families and four-year recruiters. Estimated impact for the tournament week is upwards of $830,000, Beasley said.

Twelve top soccer teams from as far north and east as Rochester, N.Y., and westward to Arizona are competing for the championship at Darton’s soccer complex. By utilizing a pool system of tournament play, 15 games are scheduled.

“We are excited that the NJCAA has awarded us the opportunity to host this national championship tournament,” Darton Athletic Director Michael Kiefer said in an earlier press release. “On a national platform, it provides us the chance to showcase all that Darton State College has to offer.”

According to Snow, the opportunity to host the tournament came after an NJCAA representative approached the college with the idea and Darton submitted the winning bid.

“(The NJCAA) would like to get into a three-year rotation for hosting,” Snow said, “and they were looking for a college in the East.”

Since Darton was victorious 3-1 in its match with Western Wyoming Monday and defeated Western Texas 3-0 Wednesday, it will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Snow said. No games are scheduled for today.

“Our guys have been No. 1 all year, and we’re really excited to host the tournament and have them participate,” Snow said.

Comments

Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years ago

As long as we don't start hearing vuvuzelas all over town now, I will be happy. On a serious note, I am proud and supportive of the Darton Cavs soccer programs both men's and women's.

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FryarTuk 2 years ago

Blow those damned horns all you like. I hear so much of the boom box junk, I would be pleased to hear the sound of good kids having fun and celebrating enthusiastically. There's a lot of great energy at Darton. I don't know how Dr. Peter did it but he has a first class sports and student activity program there.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years ago

Have you heard those vuvuzelas in action. They are...unique.

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1d2ec 2 years ago

Can Albany have an EVENT with out the major thought being ECONOMIC IMPACT?

“I’m sure the economic impact of this tournament will be greater than the women’s tournaments in 2006.

Let the economic impact take care of it's self. Promote the event. It is a shame to think the major reason of having an event in Albany is $$$$$$$.

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Engineer 2 years ago

I saw that vuvuzela.... that sound, it is probably 2nd only in terms of rage-inducing to the sound of nails on a chalkboard.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years ago

I watched quite a few of the World Cup games a few years ago and they were quite annoying. Oh well, glad to hear something positive in the news...

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