When the final match of the state girls’ soccer tournament is played Saturday, members of the Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union will pack their bags and head back to Des Moines.
Whether they come back to Muscatine for the event is still up in the air.
The five-year agreement the Union has with the Muscatine Soccer Complex to host the tournament ends Saturday.
According to Union executive director Mike Dick, three suitors have submitted proposals to be the host.
“As is our policy with all the spots, we open it for bids and see what we get,” Dick said during Friday’s semifinals.
Dick said the three suitors — the Muscatine Soccer Complex, Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines and Cedar Valley — will make presentations to the Union’s board of directors on June 19.
A decision by the board on which of the venues will receive a three-year contract will be decided the following day.
Dick said amenities such as playing surface, concessions, parking, hotel and other items will be taken into considering when deciding on the tournament’s home.
“All that goes into the discussion, and ultimately the financial impact of where we can be financially off the best,” Dick said.
The state boys’ soccer tournament is currently played each year at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
Dick said that the possibility of a coed soccer tournament has been discussed with members of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
First, though, the two would have to be at the same venue.
“We’ve told the boys’ group that we would like a year or two on our own to kind of figure it out, see how it works,” Dick said.
“And then we’ll take a look at it.”