For immediate release, November 7, 2005
Barclay Kruse, Media Director
National Sports Center
Teri Vogt, Director
Schwan’s USA CUP
Schwan’s USA CUP named “Best Single Sport” amateur sports event in the U.S. by Sports
Blaine, Minn. (November 7, 2005) — The 20th Anniversary Schwan’s USA CUP has
been awarded the “Best Single-Sport Event” in the U.S. in the Amateur Sports Event
category by Sports Travel Magazine. The award was presented Friday, November 4, at
the TEAMS 2005 sports management convention in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Teri Vogt,
Schwan’s USA CUP director, was in Fort Lauderdale to accept the award.
Schwan’s USA CUP is the largest youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere
with 982 teams and over 15,000 players, from 15 different countries and 29 different
states. The event is held annually at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The 20th
anniversary tournament was held July 16-24, 2004. The upcoming 22nd edition of
Schwan’s USA CUP will be held July 14-23, 2006 at the National Sports Center.
Schwan’s USA CUP was originally nominated for the award by Visit Minneapolis North.
The winner was then selected from a group of six finalists by a nationwide internet vote
of Sports Travel readers. The magazine annually presents awards to the best single-sport,
multi-sport, and series or circuit events, with separate categories for amateur, collegiate,
and professional events.
“This is great honor, and a tremendous credit to the dedicated volunteers and staff who
over the past 20 years have worked tirelessly to build Schwan’s USA CUP into the
premier youth soccer experience in the U.S.,” said Vogt.
The 602-acre National Sports Center is the largest amateur sports facility in the world.
With 3.2 million visitors annually, 52 soccer fields, the Schwan Super Rink featuring four
Olympic size rinks under one roof, the National Youth Golf Center, and the Schwan
Center, a 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art event and conference center, the facility is
unmatched in diversity, size, and annual attendance.
Visit Minneapolis North is the convention and visitors’ bureau representing 11 cities in
the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities: Anoka, Arden Hills, Blaine, Brooklyn Center,
Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Maple Grove, Mounds View, and
Sports Travel Magazine is a monthly magazine the services the sports-related travel and
event industry. It is widely read by sports event directors, national governing bodies,
sponsors, and sports media.
Also nominated in the Best Single-Sport Event category were the 2005 AAU Junior
National Girls’ Volleyball Championships, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; 2005 Golden Oldies
World Rugby Festival, San Diego, Calif.; 2004 Tug-of-War International Federation
World Championships, Rochester, Minn.; 2004 U.S. Youth Soccer National
Championships, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; and the 2005 USA Volleyball Adult Open
Championships, Denver, Colo.