QUAD CITIES (KWQC) - Great news for soccer fans, a soccer championship will be happening at the TBK Bank Sports Complex this weekend.
During a press conference on Thursday, Oct. 11, officials announced the Iowa Soccer Championship Series: State Cup and President's Cup will relocate to the Quad Cities. The championship will take place this weekend from October 13 - 14.
From TBK Bank's released statement:
"With just four days to prepare, the TBK Bank Sports Complex, QCCVB and area hotels have worked together to get everything in place for the tournament, as nearly 2,000 players, families, and coaches will converge on the Quad Cities beginning Friday, October 12.
The TBK Bank Sports Complex was a perfect alternative site due to its size, location, access to hotels/motels, amenities, and artificial turf fields.
According to Paul Dayrell, a Technical Director for Sporting Iowa East, a club coach, and Director of Soccer Operations at TBK Bank Sports Complex, he did not want the championship to be a wash-out, and just offered a solution by suggesting the TBK Bank Sports Complex as an alternative site.
"I'm incredibly excited that through my continued support of Iowa Soccer, and my great working relationship with the staff at TBK Bank Sports Complex, that we were able to provide a solution," said Paul Dayrell, Director of Soccer Operations at TBK Bank Sports Complex. "There are a lot of moving pieces with so many teams traveling from all over the State. I commend Iowa Soccer for making such a big decision with just a 4-day notice. I'm looking forward to Iowa's premier soccer event being played at Iowa's premier soccer complex. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a long-term relationship between Iowa Soccer and the TBK Banks Sports Complex.""
In the release, it states that of the 82 teams, 64 are coming from outside of a 60-mile radius. "Both Girls and Boys 15U and 19U will compete in the Championship. Teams will be coming in from Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Waukee, Tri City, Muscatine and Ankeny."