Tulsa, OK – USA Volleyball has announced today that Tulsa will host a 2011 FIVB World League match featuring the U.S. Men's National Team and the No. 1 ranked Brazil team on June 24-25 at the Reynolds Center at The University of Tulsa.
The U.S. Men are ranked fifth in the world and are the defending Olympic champions. The United States won its first World League title in 2008 and finished third in 1992 and 2007. Brazil is ranked No. 1 in the world and has won the last two World League titles and nine World League titles overall. It also won the 2010 World Championship.
"We are honored to host this class of extremely talented, dedicated Olympic athletes," said Ray Hoyt, Tulsa Sports Commission executive director. "Through our partnership with TU, we're able to attract world-class sporting events such as this, which brings visitors, dollars and recognition to our city. We look forward to their visit and hope it's the first of many."
The two-day event is expected to draw 5,000 total visitors with an estimated economic impact of $324,000.
The FIVB World League is an elite men's volleyball competition in which the world's 16 best teams are divided into four pools and play an Intercontinental Round for six straight weekends from May 27 to July 3. Every team plays every other team in the pool for two matches at home and two matches away.
The four pool winners and the four second-place teams advance to the Final Round, which will be held July 6-10 in Gdansk, Poland. As the host country, Poland will automatically advance to the final round, so only the winner or second-place team from its pool will advance.
The total World League prize purse is more than $20 million, with the winning team collecting a prize of more than $1 million.
"USA Volleyball is proud to bring elite men's volleyball to three different U.S. cities for the sixth straight year," said Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball. "Brazil, Poland and Puerto Rico are all teams that the U.S. Men could be meeting again in the 2012 Olympic Games.
"But the World League matches are more than just sporting events. They provide family-friendly entertainment and the chance to meet the coaches and athletes during autograph sessions following the matches."
The U.S. Men will open the 2011 World League in Poland on the weekend of May 27. Then they will travel to Puerto Rico the weekend of June 3 and to Brazil the weekend of June 10.