Pan American Cup Tickets Now Available

April 28, 2009, 6:18 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 28, 2009) – USA Volleyball and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission has established ticket prices for the Eighth Annual Women’s Pan American Cup to be hosted in the city of Miami from June 26 to July 4.

The nine-day Pan American Cup, which has three of the four 2008 Olympic Games semifinalists (Brazil, USA and Cuba), will be played on the campuses of the University of Miami (8,000-seat BankUnited Center) and Florida International University (5,000-seat U.S. Century Bank Arena). A total of 12 teams are scheduled to compete in the event, which serves as a qualifying event into the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix. The top three teams from NORCECA in the Women’s Pan American Cup and the highest placing South American country will earn berths to next year’s premier annual event.

A Pan American Cup tournament pass, good for all matches at both venues, is $75 for adults and $60 for children. Tickets for each date of competition at the specific venue (either University of Miami or Florida International University) are $20 for reserved general admission, $12 for adult general admission and $10 for child general admission. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

Each team will play five pool matches in a round-robin format from June 26 to July June 30, followed by an off-day on July 1. The winner of each pool advances to the semifinals on July 3, while the second- and third-place pool finishers play cross-pool quarterfinal matches on July 2. The championship match is schedule for July 4. All match times and pool schedules will be announced at a later time.

The U.S. Women’s National Team, the 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist, has been grouped into Pool A with Dominican Republic (No. 13 FIVB world ranking), Peru (No. 17), Canada (No. 23), Uruguay (No. 29) and Argentina (No. 31). Pool A will be contested June 26-30 at the University of Miami.

Pool B consists of 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Brazil (No. 1), 2008 Olympic Games semifinalist Cuba (No. 3), 2008 Olympic Games participant Venezuela (No. 24), Puerto Rico (No. 19), Mexico (No. 26) and Costa Rica (No. 30). Pool B matches will be played June 26-30 at Florida International University.

Pool matches at each site will be played at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all Eastern Time). The U.S. Women’s National Team will play at 8 p.m. each night during the pool phase.

Pan American Cup quarterfinal and classification matches are set for July 2, followed by semifinal matches and additional classification matches on July 3. The championship match and final classification round matches are scheduled for July 4. All non-pool matches will be played at University of Miami.

Classification round matches will be played on July 2 and July 3 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all Eastern Time). The final classification matches on July 4 will be played at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (all Eastern Time).

USA Volleyball has never hosted the Women’s Pan American Cup in the seven previous years of the event’s history. The 2009 Women’s Pan American Cup is the largest international volleyball event hosted by USA Volleyball in terms of country participation.

Team capsules can be viewed by clicking here.

Additional tournament information can be found on the USA Volleyball Web site clicking here or on the Miami-Dade Sports Commission Web site by clicking here.

The City of Miami will be a hub of volleyball activity the last week of June and first week of July. The Women’s Pan American Cup is being run concurrently with the USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships held June 26-July 5 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Typically, the tournament attracts 788 teams and approximately 9,500 athletes in addition to parents and relatives. A total of 19 championships are contested in age groups ranging from 12 to 18.

About USA Volleyball

Founded in 1928, USA Volleyball is a Colorado incorporated non-profit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB) as the National Governing Body for the sport of Volleyball in the United States.

USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 240,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $11 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and ParalympicTeams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 and capturing numerous World Cup, World Championship and Continental Championship titles.

USA Volleyball is committed to and works toward opportunity for all to participate. It is an advocate for all Americans endeavoring to assure universal access to opportunities at all levels of the game.

About the Miami-Dade Sports Commission

The Miami-Dade Sports Commission was created by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 2003, and opened for business in April of 2004. The Sports Commission promotes youth, amateur and professional sports in Miami-Dade County, and works to secure sports events that will generate economic impact for the community. Since beginning full operation in 2004, the Miami-Dade Sports Commission has secured over 125,000 room nights, $150 million in economic impact, and more than 50 events, including the 2005 & 2006 FHSAA Football Finals, the 2006 Florida’s Sunshine State Games, the 2007 US Fencing Summer Nationals, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional, and the 2009 USA Junior Olympic Girls’ Volleyball Championships and Pan American Cup.

The Miami-Dade Sports Commission is also a proud partner of the United States Olympic Committee’s Community Partner program, and is only one of 10 to be recognized as such.

The Miami-Dade Sports Commission also creates community events that focus on the importance of healthy and active lifestyle for all ages. These events include the Miami-Dade Senior Games, reaching out to athletes over the age of 50, and Olympic Day which promotes sportsmanship, teamwork and the Olympic spirit to our youth.