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WVSSAC chooses Charleston for state soccer championships over Morgantown, Huntington

MORGANTOWN — Change is within the air for the West Virginia state soccer championships. Not solely will 2024 be the primary yr 4 champions are topped however it will likely be the primary time in 30 years the video games gained’t be performed on Wheeling Island.

The WVSSAC introduced Thursday morning that it has chosen Charleston as the brand new residence for the video games.

Charleston will host the championship for the following three years with a mutual possibility for a fourth yr. The video games will likely be performed at Laidley Area.

“We’re excited with the supply prolonged by the Charleston neighborhood to host the soccer championships at Laidley Area,” WVSSAC govt director C. David Value stated in an announcement. “The native organizing group is dedicated to the coed and fan expertise in addition to the monetary success of the occasion.”

The Charleston proposal was submitted by a partnership of Kanawha County Colleges, the Charleston Conference and Guests Bureau and the Metropolis of Charleston.

The state soccer championships, previously often known as Tremendous Six, had been performed in Wheeling since 1994. 

“Wheeling has been an ideal host the previous 30 years,” Value stated. “They set the bar excessive fort different cities to even think about the problem of internet hosting the soccer championships. We thank the numerous people who offered management by the years for the Tremendous Six.”

The state championships would have been performed in Charleston in 2020, however all three video games had been canceled attributable to COVID.

Along with Charleston and Wheeling, Bluefield additionally submitted a bid to host the state championship at Mitchell Stadium. Morgantown and Huntington submitted a joint proposal for the sport to rotate between WVU’s Milan Puskar Stadium and Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

“We had been very lucky to have 4 proposals from totally different elements of the state who every had nice curiosity in internet hosting the soccer championships,” Value stated. “Every proposal had robust benefit, and every acquired thorough consideration.”

Wheeling because the host metropolis had drawn criticism in recent times attributable to its non-central location within the state and the services at Wheeling Island Stadium. Wheeling Island Stadium was completed in 1987 with a capability of 12,220.

Laidley Area was completed in 1979 with a capability of 18,500. The stadium is utilized by the College of Charleston, George Washington and Capital Excessive Colleges and it hosts the WVSSAC monitor and subject state championship meet.

Joe Varney turned the brand new normal supervisor of Laidley Area in 2022, he was beforehand the occasion coordinator for the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Heart.

“One of many first issues I wished to perform was to enhance the aesthetics of Laidley Area,” Varney advised the Charleston Gazette-Mail after final yr’s state monitor meet. “We began off with an enormous push to get it strain washed and tidying up the power. It’s necessary to offer everybody a superb product once they come to Laidley Area, that’s, a pleasant, clear stadium to get pleasure from whereas they’re there.”

The factitious enjoying floor at Laidley Area was final changed in 2018