Leesburg (March 18, 2014) – The Virginian Elite Showcase soccer tournament announce today that its girls College Showcase matches will be hosted by the new Evergreen SportsPlex facility in Leesburg, Va., over Memorial Day weekend in May.
The state-of-the-art complex of synthetic-turf fields located northwest of Dulles International Airport, Evergreen SportsPlex staged a “soft opening” last fall, drawing rave reviews among the Northern Virginia soccer community. It is expected to provide a sensational venue for the 39th edition of the Virginian Elite Showcase, a tournament which draws youth teams from across North America.
The 44-acre facility provides top-notch, lighted playing surfaces capable of all-weather use and thus provides an ideal home for the girls showcase matches, which will draw throngs of college coaches scouting potential recruits.
“We’re working to select field venues that provide more quality fields and more of the festive tournament atmosphere that makes it such a fun experience for young players and their families,” said Dotty Talbott, the Virginian Elite Showcase’s tournament director. “It also makes it easier and more convenient for coaches that coach multiple teams in an age group, because they’re all at the same venue.
“It’s not only good customer service for our teams, it also provides another reason for college coaches to make the Virginian a can’t-miss recruiting destination.”
Both college scouts and participating teams will appreciate the AstroTurf® AstroPlay 3DH turf at Evergreen, a next-generation playing surface which drains at an unparalleled rate should unpredictable Mid-Atlantic spring weather patterns bring rain before or during the tournament. And if the weather turns warm, the turf’s advance infill technology is designed to resist heat buildup and keep surface temperatures from skyrocketing.
“We’re thrilled about our partnership with the Evergreen SportsPlex and we can’t wait to introduce our teams to the complex,” said Talbott. “It’s a perfect setting for our Under-16 through Under-19 teams to chase their college dreams amidst some of the toughest competition on the East Coast.”
When Evergreen’s construction is fully completed later this year, it will offer a long list of other amenities including walking trails, children’s play areas, an animal petting farm, a coffee/pastry shop and Loudoun County’s first Adventure Course by Universal Ropes, a multi-level challenging adventure with over 25 components such as zip lines and a rock-climbing wall.
The second stage of development will also feature a “Championship Field” flanked by a three-story pavilion with office space, concessions lounges and an enclosed VIP observation deck as well as seating for 1,500 spectators wrapping the main stadium field.
About Virginian Elite Showcase
Entering it’s 39th annual Memorial Day Weekend event, the Virginian Elite Showcase is one of the largest youth sports tournaments in the world, drawing nearly 700 soccer teams to dozens of field venue throughout Northern Virginia in 2013, and expecting more in 2014 thanks to the continued expansion of available quality field options. Hosted by Springfield Youth Club, boys and girls teams Under-9 through Under-19 have until April 1, 2014 to apply for this year’s event. Information can be found at www.soccertournament.com.