Murfreesboro lands TSSAA girls soccer state tourney

Murfreesboro lands TSSAA girls soccer state tourney

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Murfreesboro lands TSSAA girls soccer state tourney

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The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce bid four years ago to lure the TSSAA Girls Soccer State Championships away from Chattanooga and lost.

On Thursday, the chamber finally snatched the final TSSAA state tournament held in Chattanooga.

The TSSAA Board of Control awarded the state soccer championships to the chamber for the next two years.

“We’re very excited,” said Mona Herring, vice president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We tried to get it last time and didn’t offer a (cash) guarantee. But that wasn’t a requirement.”

The chamber will guarantee the TSSAA $25,000 a year and a 50/50 split of the gate receipts after it reaches that guarantee. All games will be played at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex.

The TSSAA began searching for a new home in August after several schools began complaining of difficulty finding hotel rooms in the Chattanooga area. A large regatta featuring college teams from across the Southeast has been held at the same time for several years.

Chattanooga has hosted the girls soccer state championships since 1997.

Siegel girls soccer coach Eric Shelton said there was at least one time in the past that his team had difficultly with getting hotel rooms because of the regatta. Overall, Shelton said he was pleased with the tournament being held in Chattanooga.

“It gave us a chance to get away,” Shelton said. “We had a chance to go downtown. We’d take in a movie and go down to the riverfront.”

Herring pointed out that not only does the state tournament bring in tourism money, it also allows local schools to cut their travel expenses.

Shelton said that is definitely a benefit.

“We’d like to make some improvements to our facilities,” he said. “That would possibly help us there because we wouldn’t have to fund raise for it.”

The addition of girls soccer also means a busy time in late October. Murfreesboro hosts the TSSAA state volleyball tournament is normally held the last week of October. The girls soccer tournament is held a week later. And the TSSAA Cheer and Dance State Championships are held in mid-November.

This year’s cheer and dance competition will be held Saturday at Siegel High.

“It will be a busy November, that’s for sure,” Herring said.

Herring, though, won’t be involved with next year’s state tournaments. She is retiring in late April. No replacement has been named.

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