The 17th annual Colorado River Open Invitational Tournament (CRIT) is a three day tournament that will be held Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16, 2015. Teams arrive on Friday evening to register and prepare for the tournament. All games will be played at the Rotary Park Soccer Fields at 2315 Balboa Dr. “We are excited about the level of competition coming to this tournament from all over the southwest,” AYSO Regional Commissioner Steve Moss said. “This tournament is well-known by coaches and parents because of the great field conditions, welcoming community, affordable hotel rooms and great business sponsors.” Moss said Bullhead City’s well-developed soccer complex is ideal for players and parents. “In other communities, parents are forced to drive all over town or even to other cities to see their children play,” Moss said. “We hear great comments from parents about Bullhead City’s great amenities at Rotary Park.” Bullhead Chamber of Commerce Director Chris Barton said local businesses are excited about the influx of parents, coaches, players and other fans. She said many chamber members see an increase in business, especially restaurants, gas stations and retailers that cater to the players. “It’s another opportunity to promote tourism and showcase our community,” Bullhead Area Chamber Executive Director Chris Barton said. “We are expecting great weather and we hope our businesses roll out the red carpet for as many as 6,000 visitors to our community over the weekend.” According to a recent study Assessment & Economic Impact of Sports Tournaments on Bullhead City and Regional Economy, hosting 120 soccer teams will have an approximate economic impact of approximately $1.7 million. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of the many volunteers that work tirelessly to bring this tournament to Bullhead City,” City Manager Toby Cotter said. “The city provides the fields and facilities, but the community volunteers are really the backbone of the event.” Cotter said field conditions continue to rapidly progress and visitors will be impressed with the continued improvements being made throughout Rotary Park. Hosting large events in Bullhead City would not be possible without many community organizations, non-profits and businesses that have helped expand the soccer complex at Rotary Park, according to Cotter. He said the Rotary Club, BHHS Legacy Foundation and many other individuals and businesses have donated time and money to the soccer complex.
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