The 18th Annual Pacesetter Soccer Invitational (PSI) takes place Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 28 through Monday May 31, 2021. Three hundred teams will be coming to Sylvania from six states and Canada.
“The influx could reach anywhere from five thousand to over ten thousand people in town,” suggested Sylvania Township Police Officer Kevin Steinman. “There are five hundred thirty eight games, three hundred teams, and their family and fans. But it’s really hard to say exactly how many people will be here.”
The Wingate by Wyndham hotel in Sylvania has been booked for the Memorial Day weekend for three months.
“This is our busiest weekend of the year,” said Lynette Smith, Director of Sales for the hotel. “Marathon is second, and the Solheim this year, in August, is already booked too.”
Smith said that the hotel is able to accommodate all their gates although they are doing a little bit of juggling.
“We had a guest set off the sprinkler system in his third floor room last week,” Smith said, explaining that the cause has not yet been determined. “The sprinklers didn’t get shut off for thirty minutes, so eleven rooms were all flooded, and we’re still working on the issue. But I am confident we can take care of our guests.”
Officer Steinman is the Lead Mentor for the Sylvania Public Safety Cadets, formerly known as police explorers. Six of his Cadets, plus six Cadets from Toledo Police, along with two off duty police officers whose services are paid for by Sylvania Recreation will all be on-site for the tournament helping with parking and any other issues that arise.
Residents may see heavier than normal traffic, especially on Sylvania Avenue and Sylvania-Metamora Road, and experience parking issues in their neighborhoods. Sylvania Recreation will be posting signs to deter parking on residential streets, and Sylvania Township Police Chief Long has sent a letter to tournament participants explaining the parking procedure, but residents can call the Sylvania Township Police Department, 419-882-2055, if they have a problem with tournament goers parking in their neighborhoods.
"Parking is at Southview High School, with shuttle buses run by Childers Limousine Service," said Steinman. "We've never given out a ticket or towed a car, but we will address any parking issues with the teams and get it resolved."
Pacesetter Park will be closed during the tournament, although that pertains to parking only. Residents are welcome to use the bike path and enter the park to use the playground, skate park, or watch the tournament.
Follow Pacesetter Soccer Club on Facebook:
Visit the Pacesetter Soccer Club official website:
Follow Sylvania Township Police on Facebook:
Visit the Public Safety Cadet official website:
Right now, when you give your much-needed support, you'll receive some great Sylvania swag in return!
Like your local news? The Spring Campaign offers you the perfect opportunity to show your support, and help keep the news coming for Sylvania City & Township!
Staying informed is vital for the success of our community!
Sylvania Public Safety Cadets - Are you (or someone you know) between the ages of 14-20 interested in a career in law enforcement or criminal justice? The Sylvania Police Public Safety Cadets (formerly the Sylvania Police Explorer Post) is actively seeking new members!
The mission of the PSC unit is to offer young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, and other activities.
The PSC unit holds meetings every other Tuesday evening, usually from 7PM to 9 PM, and conducts training in various aspects of law enforcement. Such topics include traffic stops, accident investigation, first aid, arrest/search procedures, constitutional/criminal law, domestic violence, crime scene processing, and many others. The first meeting (since being suspended due to COVID-19) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
Cadets also have many opportunities to complete community service volunteer hours by assisting officers with several different community events throughout each year.
The PSC unit also has a ride-along program, in which cadets can shadow road patrol officers during their shift. Cadets have the opportunity to attend state-level competitions, as well as national-level competitions and leadership conferences.
The Sylvania PSC Unit is a joint program between the City of Sylvania Police Division and the Sylvania Township Police Department. If interested, please contact Lead Mentor Officer Kevin Steinman at email@example.com.