ARIZONA NEWS

Major soccer tournament in limbo following Phoenix City Council vote

Dec 4, 2020, 4:55 AM
(Pexels Photo)...
(Pexels Photo)
(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX – The Surf Cup Tournament scheduled to take place in Phoenix from late December to early January is in limbo following a Phoenix City Council vote that shut down city-owned sport facilities in an effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Brian Enge, CEO of Surf Cup Sports, described the decision as “disappointing.”

“We know how badly kids want this event to happen, we know how badly college-aged kids who have been on hold in their recruiting process now for 10 months want this to happen, we’ve seen that in the fact we have record number of applications this year,” Enge said.

Over 1,200 teams applied and approximately six to seven hundred teams, mostly out of state, were expected to participate. The number of participants may change depending on where the tournament now takes place.

The tournament was planned to be hosted at the city’s Reach 11 Sports Complex which has 18 soccer fields. Following a Wednesday vote from the Phoenix City Council, tournaments won’t happen until the spread of coronavirus returns to a moderate range in the city.

In regard to coronavirus concerns, Enge said the city council was misled.

“We now have 6 months of experience of dealing with this in youth sports and the people on your city council do not,” Enge said.

Precautions to limit COVID exposure like limiting the number of spectators and participants were planned in addition to the usage of masks.

The decision also carries an economic impact. According to Enge, the city will lose out on $25 million dollars between hotels and restaurants.

Following the city’s vote, several hotels across the state reached out and offered help to find a new location in efforts to keep the tournament in the state.

The tournament was originally scheduled to be hosted in San Diego but was relocated to Phoenix due to coronavirus restrictions in California.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Gateway Grand Rendering)...
Danny Shapiro

Ground broken on 2 million-square-foot Gateway Grand industrial park in Mesa

Ground was broken Tuesday on the 2 million-square-foot Gateway Grand industrial park in Mesa, which is expected to be completed in 2023.
1 day ago
(File Facebook Photo/Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting with suspect

A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Tuesday in a shooting with a suspect in Cordes Lakes, authorities said. 
1 day ago
Rachel Mitchell (rachelmitchellformaricopa.org Photo)...
Torrence Dunham

Here’s Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell’s stance on Arizona’s abortion law

Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell in a press conference on Tuesday gave her stance on a law in Arizona that bans abortions, which took effect after the Supreme Court last week reversed Roe v. Wade.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/U.S. Forest Service - Coconino National Forest)...
KTAR.com

Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona lift fire restrictions

Having received significant precipitation from recent storms, the Coconino and Kaibab forests in northern Arizona announced Tuesday that fire restrictions have been lifted.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signs $18 billion budget for 2023 fiscal year

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed the $18 billion budget into law that makes hefty investments in education, border security and infrastructure.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)...
Sponsored Content by

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed the $18 billion budget into law that makes hefty investments in education, border security and infrastructure.

Sponsored Articles

(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
...
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Major soccer tournament in limbo following Phoenix City Council vote