Tampa, FL – The 8th Annual Blackwatch Labor Day Soccer Tournament took place on Presidents Day weekend, February 19-20. The tournament was held at three Tampa locations: Blackwatch Soccer Complex, University of South Florida Intramural Fields, and Plant City Stadium, to accommodate all 134 teams that participated.
The Blackwatch Soccer Club was incorporated in the early 1980′s and has evolved into one of the most prestigious youth soccer clubs in the state. Blackwatch alone had a total of 18 teams competing in the tournament, compiling four first place finishes. Both boys and girls ages 8 to 17 competed on teams from all across the state of Florida.
The true magnificence of the tournament can not be measured by the sheer amount of teams, but rather by the tremendous outpour of support the teams received via their friends and families. The three facilities were overflowing with spectators urging their respective teams on. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission would like to thank all the teams and their families for participating, and hopes, in cooperation with Blackwatch, to continue to grow this tournament in future years.
The mission of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission is to attract, promote and/or organize major amateur sporting events and grassroots sporting programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the Tampa Bay Area. The Sports Commission generated 25,482 hotel visitor room nights in the first quarter of the 2005 fiscal year, which results in $22,150,768.00 in direct spending by visitors.