Thousands of Athletes Visited Minneapolis for 88th USA Volleyball Open National Championships
  • June 5, 2017
  • More than 41,000 #Volleyball players, coaches & fans will descend upon #Minneapolis for the 2017 USA Volleyball​ Girls’ Junior National Championships  Sunday, June 25 – Tuesday, July 4.  The Minneapolis Convention Center​ will due double duty as a #sports facility, as over 1,200 clubs will compete for the national title.
    “USA Volleyball brings a tremendous amount of business to our local economy,” said Melvin Tennant​, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis​ and executive director, Sports Minneapolis. “With more than 13,000 athletes, 3,000 coaches and referees, and an estimated 25,000 spectators, we anticipate an estimated $50 million in economic impact over the 10-day tournament. Plus, this is an outstanding opportunity to introduce these young athletes to our city.”
    Meet Minneapolis estimates that USA Volleyball generates more than 57,000 hotel room nights and supports more than 10,000 jobs across the metropolitan area, and that over its 10-day period, the National Championships also yields an estimated $1.1 million in local tax revenue. The USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships was last held in Minneapolis in 2014. The city was  recently the host city for the USA Volleyball Open National Championships on May 26-31, 2017.
    “USA Volleyball is the only organization in our sport whose membership spans from grassroots players to Olympians,” said Jamie Davis, CEO, USA Volleyball. “There is nothing quite like watching these extraordinary young women continue their volleyball journey and compete for the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships title. I am confident that in their mix is a handful of players whom we will eventually select to join our national team and represent Team USA​. I want to personally thank the city of Minneapolis for being such wonderful hosts.”
    Tickets can be purchased on a daily or tournament pass. For details, visit http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/indoor/girls/2017-girls-jnc/tickets.
    For the tournament schedule, visit http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/events/indoor/girls/2017-girls-jnc/schedule and follow for updates online with #GJNC.