Decatur, Ala. (April 6, 2015) – The Open Cup, an Alabama Youth Soccer Association and United States Youth Soccer Association sanctioned tournament, is set to return to Decatur the second and third weekends this month and has added a college exhibition and showcase to its program. The split weekend tournament is expected to draw in 230 teams from across the United States as well as internationally for a total of six days of matches at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex. Girls will play April 10-12, 2015, with the boys following April 17-19.
According to Event Organizer Scott Spencer, approximately 230 teams from over 14 states as well as international teams from El Salvador, Bermuda, and Mexico are expected for the fourth annual tournament. The tournament is expected to generate more than 3,000 hotel room nights and nearly $1.7 million in direct spending in Decatur and surrounding areas. Matches will be held at the Jack Allen Recreation Complex, one of the South's premier soccer complexes boasting 11 fields and two championship fields with seating for up to 3,000 spectators, with consolation games on Sunday at the Spirit of America fields in Point Mallard Park.