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The Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour was another fun event for the community

Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour event

The Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour has come and gone for the South Bay. We were treated to a soccer lovers’ dream event this past Saturday. Chula Vista was abuzz with soccer fever as the Chrome Ball Tour, presented by the San Diego FC professional soccer league, made its much-anticipated final stop in our vibrant downtown area. The event was on Saturday, and it was a lot of fun. I was out there all day checking out the games, merchandise, and more. If you missed it, here is a recap and my thoughts on the event.

I would love to hear from those who did go and see what they thought. If you were one of them, check me out on Facebook and comment on your thoughts about the event.

Soccer games taking over downtown Chula Vista

The Chrome Ball Tour transformed the bustling Third Avenue into mini soccer arenas, inviting players of all ages and skill levels to partake in 3-on-3 showdowns. Memorial Park served as a hub of activity with a beer garden sponsored by Sycuan Casino & Novo Brazil. At the same time, the main stage under the iconic Third Avenue sign kept the energy high with pulsating beats from the DJ.

Watching the mini-games played right there on the street was a lot of fun. The competition was fierce and fast-paced. If you were sitting on the sidelines, you needed to pay attention because the soccer balls were flying. They kicked off the event with a 3-on-3 first responders game. Chula Vista police and the fire department had a friendly game of soccer to get things started.

Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour had soccer games
One of the cool things at the Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour was the 3-on-3 mini-games along Third Avenue. The games were fast-paced.

The event was all about the San Diego FC league

This event was mainly to raise awareness of our new professional soccer team in San Diego. I’m not the biggest soccer fan, but I loved that they made Chula Vista their final tour stop. Having some players promote the team and sign autographs would have been nice, but that was too much to ask.

They had a large merchandise trailer to sell their new T-shirts, hats, and more. Along with the team merch, they also sold T-shirts with the Chula Vista design created by a local artist. That shirt was super cool, and I made sure to get my hands on one.

Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour also had stuff for sale
If you wanted to get your hands on some San Diego FC merchandise then the Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour was the spot. They had a large popup shop with cool stuff.

The Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour went late into the night

After the games wrapped up and the winners were crowned, the event was kicking off. The San Diego FC league had a fashion show showcasing the latest league merchandise. Live music performances by Vilma Diaz & La Sonora and Lil Rob added a festive vibe to the evening, drawing in more spectators and ensuring the festivities carried on long into the night.

A couple of items that could have made it better

While the Chula Vista Chrome Ball Tour was a big hit and well-attended event, some items could have improved it. I don’t think this event will return; it just might be a one-time thing to kick off the new league. First, the layout was tight. They tried to squeeze the games into Third Avenue’s central area, and navigating some of the courts was a hassle.

The live music should have started way earlier. After the final matches of the 3-on-3 games, they did a fashion show, which would’ve been better in the afternoon. Many people left after the lucha libre show because there wasn’t much else to do. They needed to start up the live music to keep people entertained at the event.

I think the event would have been better at one of the larger parks we have here in Chula Vista or even at the Olympic Training Center, where they have the space to hold the games and a large stage. How cool would it have been to have the teams play on the same field as the Olympic athletes? That would’ve been a winner, for sure.

Don’t get me wrong, the event was still a lot of fun, and I had a great time. These are only my two cents to make it better if they return to Chula Vista.

Stay Connected with Chula Vista Living

Now that the Chrome Ball Tour is over, plenty more events are coming up in our vibrant city. Stay tuned to Chula Vista Living for updates on all the upcoming summer happenings, from festivals to community gatherings and everything in between. Together, let’s continue to celebrate the good vibes of Chula Vista!

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I have lived in this great community for over 30 years. In that time I have seen so many changes both good and bad. My goal is to promote this city and all of the good that goes on here. There are so many local events, small businesses and community groups making this city even better. You can always find me at the events taking photos. This site is a passion project of mine and I want to use this platform to get the community engaged. Get out and enjoy Chula Vista and make sure to follow me on all the socials for more!