Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Labor Day Soccer Draws a Crowd

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Labor Day Soccer Draws a Crowd

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Last year's First Coast Labor Day Shootout soccer tournament

had an economic impact in excess of $4 million and was a huge

success, according to Assistant Tournament Director Brad

Duttera, who said this year's tournament will be even bigger.

"We had to close registration -- we have 172 teams -- so it's

already bigger than last year," Duttera said. "It was 158 teams

last year and the only thing keeping us from making the

tournament larger is the access and availability of fields."

Play begins Aug. 30 and runs through Sept. 1.

Teams from Georgia, South Carolina and Florida will compete in

the fifth annual threeday event at nine sites from St. Augustine

to the Northside.

The money raised by the tournament each year goes to the

construction of a state-of-the-art soccer complex on Hodges

Boulevard. Patton Park, as it will be known, is scheduled to be

complete by the spring of 1998. It will feature a 7,000-seat

stadium, a fully stocked soccer store and multiple fields. …

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