World League Coming to Three U.S. Cities
|The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team listens to the National Anthem during the 2012 FIVB World League.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 18, 2013) – USA Volleyball has announced that it will play its 2013 FIVB World League home matches in the cities of Wichita, Kan., Tulsa, Okla., and Reno, Nev.
The FIVB World League is an elite annual men’s volleyball competition in which the best teams in the world compete in pool play over seven weeks trying to qualify for the Final Round and a first-place prize of $1 million.
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, ranked fifth in the world, will host Argentina on June 7-8 in Wichita at Charles Koch Arena; France on June 14-15 in Tulsa at the Tulsa Convention Center Arena and Bulgaria on June 28-29 in Reno at the Reno Events Center.
Wichita and Tulsa have both hosted World League matches in previous years. The World League matches in Reno, a first-time host, will be played in conjunction with the 2013 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships, which will be at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
“USA Volleyball is pleased to be bringing World League volleyball back to the United States for the eighth-straight year,” USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal said. “We have had great success with our past World League events in Wichita and Tulsa, and we are delighted to be returning. We are looking forward to our first year in Reno and giving the boys competing at our Junior Nationals a chance to see their heroes in action live.”
Wichita hosted World League events in 2009 and 2010.
“We are very proud and excited to have Wichita selected as one of the three cities in the USA to host such a prestigious event,” said Bob Hanson, president/CEO of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “These are some of the best athletes in the world and because of the $1 million prize, the play is extremely competitive and fierce. Anyone who has attended in previous years knows it is a must see event.”
The World League visited Tulsa in 2011 when it played at the Reynolds Center. This year, the U.S. Men will play France at the Tulsa Convention Center.
“Tulsa couldn’t be more excited to once again be hosting USA Volleyball,” said Alex Alston, executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission. “The FIVB World League is a great opportunity for Tulsans to enjoy top-tier international talent. Our community has shown great support for USAV events in the past through our premier facilities managed by SMG and strong attendance from the public. We have no doubt we’ll see the same support for this tournament.”
Teams competing at the USAV Boys’ Junior Nationals will not have to go far to see the U.S. Men play Bulgaria at the Reno Events Center.
“Reno Tahoe USA is proud to be a part of this prestigious, international competition,” said Christopher Baum, Reno Tahoe USA president and CEO. “We’re looking forward to exciting matches between some of the world’s best athletes and, while we’re happy to welcome our friends from Bulgaria, we will most certainly be rooting for Team USA!”
Tickets for the Wichita matches are now on sale. Call 316-978-3267 or visit GoShockers.com.
Tickets for the Tulsa matches are scheduled to go on sale on March 28 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets will be available online at bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets, or by calling 866-7-BOKCTR.
Tickets for the Reno matches will go on sale on March 29 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Reno Events Center Box Office and Silver Legacy Box Office. Groups of 15 or more can call 775-335-8840.
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team won its pool in the 2012 World League and went on to finish second in the Final Round. The team won the World League Final Round in 2008 and finished third in 2007 and 1992.
For the first time ever, the 2013 FIVB World League will see an increase in the number of participants from 16 to 18 teams, divided into three groups of six in the preliminary round.
Pools A and B will feature the top 12 teams in the world, while pool C consists of the next best four in addition to Egypt and Japan. The finals will feature the top three teams from pools A and B, the winner of pool C and the host nation.
The U.S. Men’s pool includes Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, France and Poland.