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The Winning Bid Secured by a Community Effort Lead by the Destination Irvine Sales Team
Irvine, Calif., September 19, 2017 - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)announced that Irvine was selected to host the 2018 and 2019 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship. The championships will be played in the new 2,500-seat Five Points Championship Stadium at the Orange County Great Park Sports Complex.
"On behalf of the nine universities of the Golden State Athletic Conference, we are thrilled to bring this NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship to Orange County," said Mike Daniels, Commissioner of the Golden State Athletic Conference. "The partnership with Destination Irvine, the city of Irvine and the Orange County Great Park will ensure the 16 teams traveling to Irvine will have a memorable experience as they compete for this national collegiate title."
The championship consists of the final 16 men's soccer teams who have advanced out of their
opening round bracket. The 2018 soccer games will be played in November and December and the 2019 games in December.
"This winning bid is a true community effort; the support of the City of Irvine, its new Orange
County Great Park Sports Complex and the Five Points Championship Stadium along with our hotel partners made it possible for our Destination Irvine sales team to secure the 2018 and 2019 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship for Irvine," said Bryan Starr, President/CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, Irvine Economic Development and Destination Irvine. "The new Sports Complex gives Irvine a new level of competitiveness that we can leverage to attract sporting events of this caliber."
POTENTIAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship brings a large economic impact to the host community. The potential economic impact the championships could have in Irvine is estimated at more than $192,000 per year, totaling more than $384,000 for both years.
About Destination Irvine
Under the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit 501(c)6, Destination Irvine, funded by a self-imposed assessment through a Hotel Improvement District (H.I.D.) positions Irvine as a destination for visitors, meetings and groups. Destination Irvine through direct sales efforts including database marketing, lead generation, trade show participation, and familiarization tours, sells the destination. In addition, Destination Irvine promotes Irvine through marketing, advertising and public relations efforts.