Kansas City Invitational anticipated to generate $5 Million Economic Impact over weekend
Overland Park, Kan., May 22, 2023 – Heartland Soccer Association, the largest youth soccer league and tournament host nationwide, is set to host the highly anticipated Kansas City Invitational from May 26-28th. Boasting an impressive turnout of more than 340 teams, this annual tournament has firmly established itself as one of the largest in the region. The prestigious event will take place at the acclaimed SCHEELS Overland Park Soccer Complex and the Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex, showcasing world-class facilities.
Bringing together teams from the Kansas City metropolitan area and various states, the Kansas City Invitational is expected to generate a substantial economic impact, estimated at $5 million throughout the tournament weekend.
Shane Hackett, Executive Director of the Heartland Soccer Association, shared his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “The Kansas City Invitational has solidified its reputation as one of the most prominent Memorial Day weekend tournaments in the region. As we approach the conclusion of the spring season, this tournament serves as a fantastic culmination. We are thrilled to welcome teams from across the Midwest, offering them the opportunity to compete at our exceptional all-turf soccer complexes.”
In addition to the tournament, Heartland Soccer is bringing it’s esteemed Skills Challenge event to Garmin Olathe Soccer Complex during tournament weekend on Saturday, May 27. This competition is perfect for players of all ages and skill levels, and it promises to test players dribbling, shooting, and passing abilities. Registration for the Skills Challenge is now open on the event website, www.skillschallengeusa.com.
Recognizing the significance of local media coverage for the sport, we extend a warm invitation to the media to attend and cover this remarkable event. The tournament will kick off on Friday at 5:30 PM with the first set of games. On Saturday and Sunday, games will commence at approximately 8:00 AM, followed by the highly anticipated award ceremonies, scheduled to take place after noon on Sunday.
Looking ahead, Heartland Soccer Association is gearing up for the upcoming Kansas City 3v3 Challenge on June 17, to be held at Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex. Interested teams can register until June 6 by visiting www.heartlandsoccer.net, ensuring their participation in this exciting event.
About Heartland Soccer Association
As the largest youth soccer league and tournament host in the country, Heartland Soccer serves more than 1,350 league teams per season and 3,300 tournament teams annually, comprising of more than 74,000 youth soccer players and 4,000 coaches. In addition, Heartland Soccer supports over 2,000 active referees each year. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 and has grown from an initial 600 players to serving teams from 16 states and internationally with league and tournaments. For more information, visit www.heartlandsoccer.net.
Heartland Soccer offers diverse sponsorship opportunities for both league and tournament sponsorship. Heartland seeks partnerships with like-minded businesses who recognize the value of investing in youth development, thereby creating a better community for all in the future. Sponsorship provides businesses with increased brand visibility while making a direct impact on developing Kansas City’s youth through soccer. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Bridgette Samuelson, Director of Partnership Development and Operations at [email protected].