Columbus, Dallas & Indy to Host 2019 USAV Signature Events

By Bill Kauffman (bill.kauffman@usav.org) | Oct. 06, 2017, 12:53 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2017) – USA Volleyball is proud to announce site locations for three of its signature national championships events in 2019. Indianapolis, Dallas and Columbus, Ohio, will feature the top volleyball action in the country in 2019 for girls’, boys’ and adults’ national championships.

  • 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships (Open): May 24-29 in Columbus, Ohio.
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships (GJNC): June 27-July 6 in Indianapolis
  • 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships (BJNC): June 30 to July 7 in Dallas

USA Volleyball will make separate announcements later this year for 2019 host cities for the USA Volleyball Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships and the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

Sport Court is the official athletic flooring for all three events.

GJNC in Indianapolis
Indianapolis skylineIndianapolis will host the 2019 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships June 27 to July 6 at the Indiana Convention Center. The GJNC, which will be in its 40th edition when it arrives in Indianapolis (2018 GJNC will be Detroit), will bring in approximately 1,260 teams with over 12,000 players and 25,000 spectators. A total of 26 titles will be awarded in five divisions and seven different age groups ranging from 11-and-under to 17-and-under.

“Indianapolis has a long track record of being able to host large-scale, amateur and professional events,” USA Volleyball Senior Director Tom Pingel said. “Along with hosting our 2016 GJNC, they’ve recently hosted the 2012 Super Bowl, numerous NCAA Championship events and of course, the Indianapolis 500 each year. After hosting the event in 2016, Indianapolis will be even more ready for the 2019 edition.”

Now one of the largest convention centers in America, the Indiana Convention Center is connected by enclosed skywalks to more hotel rooms than any other city in the nation. The Indiana Convention Center is located in the heart of the 15th largest city in the United States. Also linked to the center is a four-story urban shopping mall, surrounded by more than 200 restaurants and clubs, well-known sports venues, and a 250-acre state park that features top museums, green space and a convenient canal walk. It’s the reason Sports Illustrated’s Peter King calls Indianapolis “the most walkable downtown in America.”

“Visit Indy and the entire Central Indiana hospitality community are delighted to again host USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2019, following up on the phenomenal championships held here in 2016,” said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. “Beginning with the Indy 500 more than a century ago, Indy has been America’s premier city for major sporting events. And you won’t find a more talented and competitive group of athletes than the members of these championship teams.”

BJNC in Dallas
Dallas skylineThe 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships will be held in Dallas from June 30 to July 7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The BJNC, which will be in its 40th edition in 2019 after Phoenix hosts the event 2018, typically draws over 450 teams and nearly 5,000 competitors from across the country competing for one of 12 titles from ages 12-and-under to 18-and-under.

“Dallas continues to prove to be one of our best cities for USA Volleyball Championships,” Pingel said. “It was very popular in 2016 for the BJNC and we know it will again in 2019.”

Dallas has served as a tremendous host city partner of many past USA Volleyball events. The BJNC was also staged in Dallas in 1998 and 2016. The GJNC have been held in Dallas in 1998 and 2008, while the GJNC18 was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this past April. The USA Volleyball Open National Championships have been held in Dallas four previous times (1960, 1996, 2002 and 2011). Dallas has hosted two weekends of the FIVB World League as the U.S. Men’s National Team hosted Italy, France and Korea in 2012 followed by Russia, Australia and Bulgaria in 2016.

“We consider volleyball a strong part of the sports fabric here in Dallas and are honored to serve as the host of the 2019 USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships,” Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul said. “We look forward to welcoming all of the USA Volleyball family, players, coaches, officials and fans for another big event in Dallas.”

Open in Columbus
Columbus skylineThe 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships heads to Columbus, Ohio, and will be held May 24-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The USA Volleyball Annual Meetings will also take place in Columbus the week leading up to the Open.

“After many years, USA Volleyball is excited to be returning to Columbus for the 2019 USA Volleyball Open National Championships,” Pingel said. “Columbus has proven to be a wonderful host destination for volleyball and we know it will be a great event.”

The Open, formed in 1928 and run annually except two years due to World War II, will be in its 90th edition when it goes to Columbus (2018 Opens will be in Dallas). The Open typically draws 500 teams with 6,000-plus players converging on the host city. Players range in age from 18 to 80-plus with the oldest age division being the Men’s 79-and-Over bracket.

Columbus hosted the Opens on three previous occasions (1930, 1952 and 2000). The city has hosted three other USA Volleyball National Championships since 2012. It was the site for the 2015 and 2017 BJNC as well as the 2012 GJNC.

“As long-time partners with the Ohio Valley Region, we are thrilled to continue our strong relationship with USA Volleyball in bringing the Open National Championships back to Columbus,” Greater Columbus Sports Commission Executive Director Linda Shetina Logan said. “Our city hosted The Open at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in 2000, and it opened the door for us to have the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships in 2012 and the Boys’ Junior National Championships in 2015 and this year. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for all of the adult participants in 2019.”

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 365,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,300 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $31 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, four 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 on USA Volleyball, visit usavolleyball.org.