For Immediate Release
Feb. 9, 2006COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo
. - Fans starving for world-class volleyball action in and around Utah, Minnesota and Washington can start buying tickets to see the USA Men's National Volleyball Team compete in the 2006 World League today!
Team USA will play its 2006 World League "home" matches in the northern state cities of West Valley City, Utah; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Spokane, Wash.
The Americans will be a member of Pool A along with Japan, Poland and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Serbia and Montenegro, which has earned medals at each of the last four World Leagues (silver in 2005, bronze in 2004, silver in 2003 and bronze in 2002).
The United States begins pool play at The "E" Center in West Valley City with two matches against Poland on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time). Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 13 and are available at the E Center box office, all Smithstix locations, online at www.smithstix.com or by calling 1-800-888-TIXX.
Team USA will host Japan for two matches at the Target Center in Minneapolis in Week Three on Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. (MT). Tickets will go on sale soon and will be available at the Target Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-651-989-5151.
In Week Four, the Americans play host to Serbia and Montenegro twice at Spokane Arena's Star Theatre in Spokane on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. (Pacific Time). Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Spokane Arena box office, all TicketsWest outlets, online at www.TicketsWest.com or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.
The USA Men will be overseas in Week Two against Japan (July 21-23) and for the final two weekends of intercontinental play. In Week Five the Americans will take on Poland (Aug. 11-13), while in Week Six, Team USA will compete against Serbia and Montenegro (Aug. 18-20).
CSTV: College Sports Television has partnered with USA Volleyball as the official and exclusive broadcaster of the World League in the United States. CSTV will broadcast all USA World League home matches as well as the 2006 World League finals from Russia as part of its Olympic Pursuit programming.
2006 WORLD LEAGUE
Team USA's World League Schedule
July 14 and 15 (West Valley City, Utah)
Poland vs. USA (7 p.m. Mountain Time)
July 21-23 (Japan)
Japan vs. USA
July 29 and 30 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Japan vs. USA (7 p.m. Mountain Time)
Aug. 4 and 5 (Spokane, Wash.)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA (8 p.m. Pacific Time)
Aug. 11-13 (Poland)
Poland vs. USA
Aug. 18-20 (Serbia and Montenegro)
Serbia and Montenegro vs. USA
(NOTE: Dates and times for Team USA's overseas matches will be announced at a later date)
2006 World League Pools
Pool A-Japan, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, USA
Pool B-Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Portugal
Pool C-China, France, Italy, Russia
Pool D-Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Korea