USA Volleyball has awarded Dallas, Minneapolis and Reno, Nevada, the rights to host the national governing body’s signature championships in 2020.
The Open National Championships will be staged May 22–27 in Minneapolis; The Girls’ Junior National Championships will be held June 25–July 4 in Dallas; and the Boys’ Junior National Championships will head to Reno, June 27–July 4. Host cities for two remaining events, the Girls’ 18s Junior National Championships and the High Performance Championships will be announced later this year.
The Dallas event, which will attract 1,320 teams and 13,500 athletes, will be staged at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. It will mark the fourth time the city has hosted the event, with past versions held in 1998, 2008 and 2013.
“Volleyball has become a staple in Dallas and we are honored to host the prestigious 2020 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships,” Dallas Sports Commission Executive Director Monica Paul said. “We look forward to welcoming all of our USA Volleyball friends and families back to Dallas in 2020 where Big Wins Happen and our Texas hospitality shines true.”
In Reno, the BJNC will be held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The city hosted the event in 2000 and 2013. “The Reno Tahoe community is excited for the return of USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior Nationals,” said Shelli Fine, Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority director of sports development. “This destination has been home to regional, national and international volleyball tournaments for decades, and we could not be more proud to welcome USA Volleyball back to northern Nevada.”
In Minneapolis, the opens will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The event will also coincide with the USA Volleyball annual meetings, which will be held May 18–21.
The open event, started in 1928, has been held annually since with the exception of two years during World War II. Minneapolis previously staged the tournament in 1945, 2003, 2009 and 2017. “We greatly appreciate the trust USA Volleyball has placed in us, and we’re extremely pleased to be hosting the championships once again,” Sports Minneapolis Executive Director Melvin Tennant said. “While in Minneapolis, we know that athletes and fans alike will enjoy our active and walkable downtown. We also hope they’ll have an opportunity to explore all this city has to offer, in their free time.”