Orlando Chosen as 2016 USAV Open Site

By Bill Kauffman | May 18, 2015, 8:48 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 18, 2015) – USA Volleyball announced Monday at its Annual Meetings being held in Detroit that Orlando, Fla., will serve as host city for the 2016 USA Volleyball Open National Championships and next year’s Annual Meetings.

The 2016 Open, which will be the 87th edition of the annual event, will be held May 27-June 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The host hotel for the Annual Meetings will be the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The Open, created in 1928 with only two years missed due to World War II, brings in an estimated 550-plus teams and 6,000-plus players into the host city. 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.

“I’m excited that the USA Volleyball Open National Championships will be hosted in Orlando in 2016,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “It’s as close to a can’t-miss destination that we could hope for. With the support of the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, I’m sure it will be a wonderful event.”

The USA Volleyball Open National Championships have never been held in the state of Florida.

The Central Florida Sports Commission will serve as local host for the tournament, while the Florida Region of USA Volleyball will serve as the local Regional Volleyball Association (RVA) host.

“We are pleased that Orlando has been chosen to host the 2016 USA Volleyball Open National Championships,” said John Bisignano, President/CEO of the Central Florida Sports Commission. “With more than 60 million visitors last year, Orlando is the world’s #1 destination for a reason. From our theme parks to our hotel partners, Orlando knows how to roll out the red carpet. We look forward to working with USA Volleyball and the Orange County Convention Center to provide a first class experience for the 9,500 participants and spectators who will travel to our city for this event.”

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 disciplines of beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and sitting volleyball in the United States. USA Volleyball has over 315,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $28 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men's and women's senior national team programs for beach, indoor and sitting volleyball; youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education, certification programs and grassroots development across all disciplines. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, three Paralympic medals since 2004 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. For more information please visit usavolleyball.org.

About the Central Florida Sports Commission
The Central Florida Sports Commission strategically solicits, creates and supports marquee sports-related events and businesses that enhance our community’s economy. The Sports Commission represents the counties of Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia, as well as the City of Orlando. For more information, click here.