Greensboro youth soccer tournament brings in $10.5M

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro United Adidas Labor Day Shootout hosted 300 youth teams at Bryan Park and brought in millions of dollars to the local economy.

The Labor Day Shootout is the largest high level youth soccer tournament in the Mid-Atlantic. Girls and boys from Maryland to Georgia, ages 10 to 18, competed over the weekend.

Wade Fonte, with the Greensboro United Soccer Association, said more than 8,000 participants competed.

Throughout the week, Fonte said the tournament brought in about $10.5 million, Greensboro’s second highest grossing event after North Carolina A&T's Homecoming weekend.

"We booked up about 700 rooms per hotel for the weekend," Fonte said.

Friday night, the Sheraton hosted a players’ dance and opportunities to attend college soccer games at UNCG, Greensboro College and Wake Forest University.

Discounted tickets to the Greensboro Science Center were also given to those registered.

Sunday night's lightning and thunderstorms postponed the final games five times in 30 minute increments.

Co-championship titles were decided for some of the teams on the field, while others will wait for the championship match once their season resumes.