USAV Selects Phoenix as 2010 USA Adult Open Site

July 13, 2009, 5:20 p.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
USA Volleyball Manager of Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

Jon Schmieder
Phoenix Regional Sports Commission President
Phone: 602-258-6272

PHOENIX, Ariz. (July 13, 2009) – USA Volleyball has selected the City of Phoenix as the location for its 2010 USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships to be held May 29-June 5. The Phoenix Regional Sports Commission, in partnership with the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, will serve as tournament hosts.

The 81st Annual USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center. The USA Volleyball Annual Meetings will also take place in Phoenix in the immediate days preceding the USA Adult Open Championships.

Phoenix Regional Sports Commission President Jon Schmieder commended the team effort needed to secure the championships.

“The Greater Phoenix CVB, the Phoenix Convention Center and our area hotels worked well as a team in putting this bid together,” Schmieder said. “This is another great example of how entities across the Valley cooperate to achieve a common goal.”

“We are very excited that downtown Phoenix has the opportunity to host the 2010 USA Volleyball Adult Open Championships,” Greater Phoenix Convention Bureau CEO Steve Moore added. “This event will bring over 6,000 people to downtown, and all of them will get to experience our newly expanded convention center.”

Other national USA Volleyball events staged in Phoenix include the 2001 and 2003 USA Junior Olympic Boys’ Volleyball Championships and the 2003 USA Volleyball Girls’ Invitational Championship. USA Volleyball also hosted the 1994 National Collegiate Men’s Division Club Championships in nearby Tempe.

Last summer the Sports Commission set a goal of securing events that would drive at least $100 million into metropolitan Phoenix. The target date for achieving the goal is May 2010.

“We are thrilled to be back in Phoenix in 2010,” USA Volleyball Managing Director of Events Mike Chandler said. “The athletes work so hard to get this far, and they deserve the best. The new facilities in downtown Phoenix will help us deliver a top-notch experience for everyone involved and show that the Valley is a great place to play volleyball.”

Along with the 6,000 people brought into the Greater Phoenix area, the USA Volleyball Open Championships are projected to occupy more than 12,000 room nights at area hotels. The event will generate an estimated $4.2 million in direct visitor spending.

USA Volleyball has showcased its USA Adult Open Volleyball Championships for 80 years since the organization’s founding in 1928. Except for 1943 and 1944 during the height of World War II, the Open has been a mainstay celebrating adult volleyball nationally. The event is one of the largest national championships in any sport in the United States, and the Open has featured the sport of volleyball from coast-to-coast.

About Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC)

A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission (PRSC) was created in 1988. The mission of the PRSC is to “Enrich Our Community Through Sports" by representing the citizens of the Valley to bring national and international sporting events to the state, assist in the promotion of existing events and teams, and support youth sports programs. To learn more about the Sports Commission, please visit

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.