The Daily Courier
Don Prince, director of tourism for the City of Prescott, recalls taking his son, Chris, to Prescott from Scottsdale to participate in the Mile High Classic regional soccer tournament. Prince’s son is now an adult, but dad now takes in the tournament from a different perspective: soccer players and their families filling hotel rooms, tables and booths in restaurants and buying other merchandise and services.
“Mile High pretty much sells out all the hotels,” Prince said, referring to the tournament that the American Youth Soccer Organization sponsored from Friday through Sunday. Citing a study that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department conducted, he said Mile High drew 1,060 participants [70 teams] in 2010. He added the estimated direct spending amounted to $273,000 from visitors and $22,500 from participants from the tri-city area … Continue reading