Tulsa will host next year’s U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.
The weeklong, 96-team tournament will be held at Mohawk Soccer Complex.
The Tulsa Sports Commission has worked more than two years to land the event, and Oklahoma Soccer Association President Tom Wedding said local residents played an important part.
"Thank you to the citizens of Tulsa for passing the Vision 2025," Wedding said during the announcement. "Those funds have allowed us to recruit tournaments to this magnitude at a local impact of more than $4 million to the city of Tulsa."
Mohawk Soccer Complex will undergo some renovations before the tournament, including the addition of 4,000 stadium-style seats. City Councilor Jack Henderson said he’s excited to see this kind of event at a venue he had a hand in developing.
"And not only what it is today, but I can see now that the economic development opportunities for north Tulsa because of those soccer fields are going to be a reality," Henderson said.
More than 10,000 eligible teams across the country will compete to qualify for the tournament. It will be held July 20–26, 2015.