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Turnout excites soccer officials

– Terry Stefankiewicz, the director of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival, was ecstatic – even as it started raining Saturday afternoon.

The buzz of seeing the biggest crowd ever to attend the event – about 7,000 people – was still evident on the faces of organizers, a night after the throngs showed up for, primarily, the 1-1 tie between Indiana University and Duke.

“Every single seat was taken for the IU game. The bar was full,” Stefankiewicz said.

“The great thing is there was activity everywhere. We had this field going, that field going, this field going.”

Organizers weren’t accustomed to having to deal with auxiliary parking and the mass of people that was at Hefner Fields.

And this is the 13th annual event.

“Normally, if we get 4,000 for a night, we’re ecstatic,” Stefankiewicz said.

“We’re happy if we get 8,000 for the whole thing. We’ve exceeded that already by today.”

jcohn@jg.net

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