Earlier this week, NISA announced that their 2021 spring season would begin with a nine team tournament held here in the Scenic City from April 13th-25th. Professional soccer teams from all over the country will descend upon Chattanooga for the two week tournament, and the winner will earn a spot in the semifinal tournament at the end of the spring season. The event will not only kick off Chattanooga FC’s season, but will also give a boost to the local economy.
Tourism is big business here in town, and holding a tournament of this size will certainly help an industry that has slowed due to the ongoing pandemic.
“Chattanooga Sports is excited to once again partner with CFC and Finley Stadium to host another first class soccer event!” said Tim Morgan, Chief Sports Officer, Chattanooga Sports. “This opening season NISA tournament is projected to have an estimated economic impact of $1.5 million during a two week presence within the Scenic City.”
The tournament will feature nine teams slotted in three groups of three. Each team will play everyone within their group, and then will be re-seeded in a cross group knockout tournament. It all adds up to 14 matches in 14 days, with a tournament champion crowned at Finley Stadium.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Chattanooga FC to host the 2021 NISA Spring Tournament at Finley Stadium.” said Chris Thomas, Executive Director, Stadium Corporation. “The series will have a strategic and meaningful impact on our City's tourism economy, and it will provide local Chattanoogans with a rare opportunity to watch nine professional soccer clubs compete in a family-friendly environment. After the long winter and isolation of 2020, I personally am looking forward to the return of public events where safety, awareness and a bit of excitement can coexist to celebrate the thrills of competition.”
Safety will be a priority at the event, with strict regulations and procedures in place, including required face masks and a reduced capacity for each match. Chattanooga FC had success in the fall with hosting a limited number of fans in Finley, and are confident that this tournament will be an excellent showcase of the club, NISA, and the city of Chattanooga.
“I am so excited for the club and for our city that NISA has chosen to hold this historic tournament here in Chattanooga” said Tim Kelly, Chairman of the Board, Chattanooga FC. “It's a great opportunity for fans to come see their hometown team compete against teams from the largest cities in the country: Los Angeles, New York, and Detroit, among others. The club has proved it can safely hold games in Finley's expansive space, so we look forward to bringing joy to our fans, while having a positive impact on our local economy.”
For local fans looking to get tickets to the event can purchase annual passes on sale now at CFCTix.com. Tournament packages will be available soon.