Pensacola, Florida (WKRGMore) — Pensacola will host the SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament for the first time this year, and matches have already taken place.
Formerly held in Orange Beach, Alabama, the tournament is now held at the Ashton Brosnaham Soccer Complex.
The city of Pensacola isn’t home to SEC schools, but the city proved to be the perfect hub for fans.
“We are a melting pot and a big part of the SEC. We’re in a really good central location right by the shoot,” said Ray Palmer, president of Pensacola Sports.
The city expects to see thousands of fans while hosting the conference’s top 10 teams.
“Bringing thousands of fans into our community to see what Pensacola has to offer, they come back and we want them to stay,” Palmer said. .
Many local businesses hope to use the event to spice up the city for fans and locals alike.
“We were very excited when we heard about the women’s soccer tournament,” said Warren Sonnen, Manager of O’Rielly’s Irish Pub Uptown. What we wanted to do was offer some special meals, offer discounts to players and their families, and we were going to do our best to get some games on TV.”
Pensacola also hosts the Sunbelt Conference men’s basketball tournament in March.
“What we can do to host this type of tournament in Pensacola will be huge for tourism and the Pensacola public,” said Sonnen, who also works with Visit Pensacola.
The tournament will run until November 6th. Championship tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/military. Soccer his kids 12 and under wearing his jersey are free with a paying adult in all rounds of the tournament.
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