Soccer tournament brings in big bucks to the local economy

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 20:21:06-04

The 2016 US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships have kicked off here in Boise.

It's the second year in a row the tournament has been held in the City Of Trees. Games started Monday at the Simplot Sports Complex and they go until Sunday.

Officials say 216 Teams from 13 states with ages ranging from 13 to 19 are competing to take home top honors.

Many of them have already won their state championships. Winners in Boise will go on to the National Champions which will be in Frisco, Texas from July 25th through the 30th. College coaches are also here scouting new talent.

One major perk from the event? Booked hotels and restaurants filled up by hungry players and their families.

"There's probably 5,000 to 7,000 people here this week just associated with this event," said Tournament Director Tom Mendoth.  "We estimate it will generate $11-12 million in the area."