MIDDLETOWN – After almost a foot of snow, rain, cold and what seems to be a very long winter, Middletown is ready for a spring blast; the Middletown Spring Blast soccer tournament. The Spring Blast has become the traditional sign of spring for the soccer community in the Miami Valley and this year’s weather news is causing some anxiety among the guest teams.
“We’re wet, but not flooded,” Kathy Stites, tournament director, writes back to one of her guest teams who is concerned about the effects of the recent rapid melting of snow, followed by rain.
The Middletown Spring Blast will be held at Smith Park and Franklin Park this year. An estimated 7,200 attendees from 199 teams will all be in town over the weekend of March 29-30, generating an estimated $1.8million economic impact for the City of Middletown and southern Dayton.
“Easter and spring break came at us this year,” Stites added. “We’re a little down in numbers from last year, but not by much.” Stites added that the Spring Blast has become an annual tradition for a lot of teams.
The Spring Blast attracted teams from six states this year – Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia – to fill its roster of 330 games. Teams from under 8 through under 9 in both boys and girls will be competing for trophies in thirty divisions.
For more information about the Middletown Spring Blast, including real-time scores, standings and fan-contributed photos as the game progress thoughout the weekend, visit the web site at www.middletownspringblast.com.
PHOTO: (contributed) Players from the Lady Skyhawks 97 and Hurricanes compete for possession of the ball during last year’s Blast.