11/9/2013 7:26 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - Summer has passed and winter is rapidly approaching which means the summer tourist attractions won't be helping the economy for the next couple of months. However, one soccer tournament is helping a little at a time.
The 2013 WVSSAC state soccer tournament wrapped up Saturday at the YMCA Sports Complex in Beckley, but it's economic impact on the area is here to stay.
"The stands were packed this year the weather cooperated with us this year, so large crowds and from the economic stand point, obviously everyone in the area benefits," said Principal and Athletic Director of Woodrow Wilson High School, Tim Carrica.
The YMCA complex held the tournament for the 14th time, hosting 16 teams.
"We like to feature our soccer complex and let everyone know just how nice that our complex is in Beckley," said Carrica.
Not only the complex but the area hotels are benefiting from the crowds.
"Normally this time of year there is a lull and a slowdown but with the soccer tournament going on, we have been booking especially double rooms, where there is 2 or 4 per room," said Farifield Guest Services Manager, Mary Canaday.
Canaday says the economic boost isn't the only positive impact to the area.
"It promotes the tourism in this area, people get to see how beautiful Southern West Virginia is this time of year," said Canaday.