DCTC’s ultimate soccer event
It’s Friday, Aug. 30, and the Minnesota Kickoff Classic has officially begun. Eighteen collegiate soccer teams are participating in this year’s annual, three-day soccer tournament. The Blue Knights of Dakota County Technical College are hosting the event at Ames Soccer Complex on DCTC’s campus in Rosemount, Minn.
Ten women’s teams and eight men’s teams travelled from miles away, as far as Illinois. The Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered with DCTC to host the players, fans and coaches. Torgerson Eagan campus hotels, including the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Staybridge Suites, are the preferred lodging vendor for the Minnesota Kickoff Classic and also provide transportation services.
1. The tournament began in 2010 with 16 collegiate teams- 12 women’s and four men’s teams
2. It has always been held at Ames Soccer Complex, the multi-field, soccer-specific athletic facility on DCTC’s Rosemount, Minn. campus
3. 2011 marked the greatest number of participating teams: 21
4. Teams have travelled from as far away as Pennsylvania (Lackawanna College Falcons) and Texas (Navarro College Bulldogs)
For the most up-to-day roster and game schedule: 2013 Minnesota Kickoff Classic