Thousands of young volleyball players from throughout the country will be coming to Minneapolis two summers from now for their signature national event, local officials announced Wednesday.
The Minneapolis Convention Center will host the USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships from June 25-July 2, 2014.
The championships attract nearly 9,500 athletes and more than 20,000 spectators annually. Champions will be crowned in 19 divisions ranging in age from 12 to 18. The event also draws hundreds of college recruiters to scout student-athletes.
Local officials say the event will have an economic impact of $60 million in the metropolitan area, with $2.25 million in local taxes generated and 10,200 jobs supported.
In addition to Minneapolis, 13 other metro cities have pre-booked lodging in more than 65 hotels, including St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, New Brighton, Plymouth, Roseville and St. Louis Park.
"Our team worked on this bid for over a year," said Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, a private association that promotes the city as a destination for conventions and other events. "The competition to land an event of this magnitude is fierce."
Minneapolis has previously hosted several USA Volleyball events, including the Girls' Junior National Championships in 2007.