TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - The Midwest Soccer Classic is making Terre Haute its home this weekend.
98 teams from around the Hoosier state showed up to the annual tournament Saturday.
Parents and teams from all over Indiana bring their children to play in this big tournament.
They're spending the nights in hotels and eating out at local restaurants.
"Beyond the competition, it certainly brings a lot of people and a lot of dollars to our community," said Dave Patterson, Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
And what's this mean for the city? Big business and big money.
"We estimate that every overnight visitor spends about $150 per person, and as you know when you travel, figure in a hotel room, gas, a meal or two, $150 adds up quick. Multiple that times 4 or 8 thousand it has a substantial effect on this community," said Patterson.
In May, another tournament is expected to bring thousands of people in to town as well.
In total, eight thousand people are expected to visit the Wabash valley for soccer this spring.
"If you take in the families and friends that also participate, they're staying in local hotels, eating at local restaurants," said Jim Wilkey, Executive Director of Vigo County Youth Soccer.
The bureau expects a half million dollars to roll into Terre Haute from these two tournaments alone.'
"It's really generating a lot of revenue for Terre Haute for these two events," said Wilkey.
They expect soccer to be a contributor to the local economy for years and also bringing the community together.
"I think this is a great opportunity. This is a community event. We get a lot of support," said Wilkey.
Indiana Soccer Cup will be here May 17 through 19.
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