Isanti excited to host state soccer tournament

The state soccer tournament is once again heading to the city of Isanti.

During the Isanti City Council meeting Tuesday, March 5, the council approved a special event application for the Cambridge-Isanti Soccer Club to host a state-level national tournament in April, May and June.

The event will be held April 20-28, May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and June 1-2 at the Isanti Soccer Complex.  The purpose of the event is to establish state champions to represent Minnesota in the regional and national tournaments.

Mayor George Wimmer said the event brings positive publicity to the city and will attract 12,000 people to the city.

“This is really a great asset for the community,” Wimmer said. “This brings in so many people to the community and gives us state and national recognition. We also have the BMX track nearby which is also ranked fourth in the nation, and brings in many spectators each year.”

John Kinsey, president of the Cambridge-Isanti Soccer Club, explained the event will bring in 3,240 players, 360 coaches, 30 members of the Cambridge-Isanti Soccer Club, 8,100 spectators and 50 college scouts.

“We are in our third year of hosting this tournament,” Kinsey said. “This event will bring in over 12,000 people over the course of the entire tournament. This event will consist of teams from all over the state. I think for the most part the city has worked well with us in hosting this event.”

Kinsey said the club takes much pride in its soccer complex.

“The Isanti Soccer Complex has been rated one of the premier soccer complexes in the state,” Kinsey said. “Winners from this tournament go onto regional and national championships so we will continue to get mentioned in state and national magazines. This is an all youth tourney for ages 13-18 so it will be a lot of fun and provide a very positive influence on the kids.”

Kinsey said according to the latest reports he’s read, the Isanti Soccer Complex is rated the third best complex in the state of Minnesota.

Community Center logo, Donation accepted

Wimmer explained the Community Center Task Force has been working on increasing  awareness of the facility and doing a better job of marketing the facility.

At the Feb. 14 Community Center Task Force meeting, Jill Reller, owner of Signs by Jill, brought in logo concepts for consideration.

Reller volunteered to manufacture and  to donate a sign and logo to replace the existing sign on 1st Ave. NW. The value of the proposed donation is $507.

Following discussion, the council approved a resolution adopting a community center logo and acceptance of the sign donation.