SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (Via ECNL) – The Elite Clubs National League has announced a new three-year agreement that will keep the ECNL National Event in Seminole County from 2017-2019.
The new contract was signed in collaboration with Orlando North, Seminole County Sports Tourism, Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando City Youth Soccer.
It was also announced that the parties will be expanding their relationship by adding the inaugural Boys ECNL National Event in January, 2018. ECNL is hosting its’ National Event in Sanford this week for the seventh consecutive year.
Even before the May 2016 opening of the $27 million Seminole County Sports Complex in Sanford, officials and business leaders throughout Orlando North, Seminole County were committed to cultivating their share of the very lucrative sports tourism marketplace, which encourages travel to the destination to engage in or view sports-related activities.
“On behalf of Seminole County, we are thrilled to extend our partnership with ECNL. This event drives over $2,000,000 in economic impact to our county and is a great example of why Seminole County is a great place to live, work and play,” said Seminole County BCC Chairman John Horan.
“ECNL has been a valued partner for seven years generating more than $25,000,000 in economic impact for Seminole County and the Central Florida area over that period of time,” said interim president and CEO of Central Florida Sports Commission Jason Siegel. “We are so pleased that we will have the opportunity to not only host the ECNL, but also host the Boys ECNL. Thank you to Seminole County leadership and Orlando City Youth Soccer for their continued support as we strive to make Seminole County and Central Florida ‘the soccer destination’ in the southeast.”
“The ECNL is excited to return to Seminole County for a 3-year partnership. Seminole County is a great destination that the teams love playing and traveling to. Orlando North, Seminole County Tourism, Central Florida Sports Commission and Orlando City Youth Soccer Club help to make this a great experience for players coaches and fans,” said ECNL Commissioner Jen Winnagle.