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Rockford as the Soccer Capitol of the Midwest

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A June 2008 trip to Rockford by MilwVon

Sprinting with the Ball Photo, Rockford, Illinois More Photos
Quote: US Youth Soccer's Region II Championships were held in Rockford and Wisconsin had 17 teams competing to advance to the US Youth Soccer Nat'l Championships.

Rockford as the Soccer Capitol of the Midwest

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Overview

Breakaway Goal Photo, Rockford, Illinois
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Rockford is host to a lot of soccer events held on a regional and national level. The centerpiece of the events are typically the Sportscore 1 and Sportscore 2 complexes. Both are part of the Rockford Park District and play host to many other sports including baseball, softball, volleyball, kickball, ultimate frisbee and wiffleball.The City of Rockford has been through some hard times in the past couple of decades, largely due to the loss of industry in the area. Today Rockford is a bedroom community of Chicago, some 70 miles away. They have an international airport that they are touting as an alternative to Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports. I don't know that if I were flying into C...Read More

Best Western Clock Tower Resort

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Hotel | "Clock Tower Resort"

Best Western Clock Tower Resort Photo, Rockford, Illinois
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The Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center served as the headquarters hotel when over 250 teams from the Midwest convened for the US Youth Soccer Midwest Region Championships. While there were a number of other hotels in the housing block for teams, the state association and tournament officials were all booked into this hotel.As a frequent business traveler and someone who has had to book a number of hotels for conference attendees, I have to say I was not very impressed with the "deal" that was negotiated at this "resort" hotel. At $115+tax per night, this hotel fell short of what I would consider calling a resort.My room was somewhat small with few amenities. There was ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 3, 2008

Best Western Clock Tower Resort
7801 E State St.
Rockford, Illinois 61108
(815) 398-6000

Thunder Bay Grille Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Thunder Bay Grille"

Thunder Bay Grille Restaurant Photo, Rockford, Illinois
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Entering Thunder Bay Grille gives you the feeling of a rustic northwoods lodge, something you'd find up in the U/P of Michigan or perhaps along a lake with dozens of fishing huts in Minnesota. The overall atmosphere was very family oriented and comfortable, so it is no wonder that they were packed the first night we were in town with the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships in Rockford.We had a small group of four and had about a 45 minute wait to be seated. In the meantime, we bellied up to the bar to enjoy a cocktail. I had the adult version of a slurpee (strawberry margarita) while the others enjoyed one of a variety of tap beers available.Once seated for dinner our ser...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2008

Thunder Bay Grille Restaurant
7652 Potawatomi Trail
Rockford 61108
(815) 397-5713

Sportscore II

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Attraction | "Sportscore 2"

Sportscore II Photo, Rockford, Illinois
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Part of the Rockford Park District, Sportscore 2 is the frequent host to youth sporting events, especially soccer. This year (2008) they were host to the US Youth Soccer's Midwest Regional Championships. Later in the year, they will also host the Region II ODP (Olympic Development Program) summer camp.This facility is very nice in terms of the facility, the layout, features like rest rooms and concessions . . . but frankly is severely overplayed making for less than ideal soccer playing conditions. The fields for this particular event were especially poor due to the crummy rainy weather we've had in this region of the country during early June.Overall, however, I do feel that Sp...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 3, 2008

Sportscore II
8800 E. Riverside Blvd
Rockford
(815) 885-1135

Dining in Rockford

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Staying at the Clock Tower Resort on East State Street was very convenient to Sportscore 2. In addition to be centrally located in the "hotel campus area" as the Rockford CVB refers to it, there are as you would expect, A LOT of dining choices in the area.If you're interested in some of the more well known chains, you will find Applebees, Panera Bread, Dennys, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Outback and Texas Roadhouse all within a couple of miles of the I90/State Street interchange. Of these choices, we did dine at Olive Garden one night. There were eight in our group and unfortunately the quality of the food was unimpressive. Everyone in our group commented that it was unusual to have a poo...Read More