HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Soccer fans in the Birmingham-Hoover area will be getting a treat in 2011.
Regions Park in Hoover has been selected as the location for the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer Championship. On Tuesday, the NCAA Division 1 Men's Soccer Committee made their final decision of UAB and the Alabama Sports Foundation to host the event. This is the first time the event has ever been hosted in the state of Alabama.
"We are honored that UAB has the opportunity to serve as the host school for the NCAA Men's College Cup," said Brian Mackin, athletics director at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "This is the premier event in collegiate soccer and we're excited to have a national championship coming to the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. The NCAA Men's College Cup will be a great platform to showcase our community and promote UAB athletics. We look forward to hosting a first-class event that the NCAA, student-athletes and soccer fans will be proud of and enjoy."
"The Alabama Sports Foundation is extremely excited to be part of such a prestigious event," said Gene Hallman, executive director of the Alabama Sports Foundation. "Having served as a host city for the 1996 Olympic Soccer Tournament, World Cup Qualifiers, and numerous International Friendlies over the past decade, we are confident that our strong local soccer community will embrace this tournament."
"We are very pleased that the selection committee has chosen Hoover, Ala., as the location for the 2011 NCAA Men's College Cup," said Hoover Mayor Tony Petelos. "This soccer championship is a prestigious event that will bring thousands of visitors to our area and provide the opportunity to showcase our community and attractions. We look forward to partnering with UAB and the Alabama Sports Foundation on this event."
The 2011 NCAA Men's College Cup will be held on December 9th and 11th.
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