Red Diamond Classic Adds $6 Million To Its Birmingham Economic Impact

| March 16, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

The Red Diamond Classic youth soccer tournament drew 5,300 soccer players and had a $6 million economic impact the past two weekends, officials said.

More than 255 of the region’s elite teams came to Birmingham in the tournament’s 20th year.

Over the life of the tourney, the event has had an economic impact in excess of $106 million, with thousands of visitors to the region staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and shopping in Birmingham.“At its heart, this tournament is the culmination of the hard work and discipline of 5,500 exceptional young athletes, working as teams toward mutual success,” said Bill Bowron, chairman, president and CEO of Red Diamond. “Initially we became involved because of the soccer – I coached my son’s team and saw young people come away with the discipline and team-building skills that the sport instills. And as our involvement grew, the signi?cant bene?ts to the region became obvious.

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