Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 14, 2009) – Tickets for the 2009 FIVB World League matches being held in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.
The U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, ranked No. 2 in the world by the FIVB, will face Italy on July 10-11 (7 p.m. both nights) at the Sears Centre Arena.
Last year, Hoffman Estates hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team in its World League matches against Bulgaria. The U.S. Men went on to win the World League final round and then the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.
The World League is an exciting elite men's volleyball competition in which the world's best teams are divided into four pools and play for six straight weekends from June 12 to July 18.
Winners from each pool will go to the final round on July 22-26 in Belgrade, Serbia, along with the host country and an FIVB wild card pick. The total World League prize purse is more than $20 million, with the winning team collecting a prize of more than $1 million.
Reserved tickets for Team USA’s World League matches against Italy will be $30. General admission tickets are $20, with a $5 discount for USA Volleyball members, senior citizens and military members. Group tickets are also $15. Two-day packages are $35 and $50.
Tickets will be on sale at the Sears Centre Arena box office, and online at searscentre.com and Ticketmaster.com (additional fees may apply). Tickets may also be purchased by phone through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or at Ticketmaster outlet locations.
For more information, please visit, www.searscentre.com/events/127.
About Sears Centre Arena
Sears Centre Arena is an 11,800 seat multi purpose family entertainment, cultural, and sports arena located in Hoffman Estates at I-90 and Route 59. Upcoming events at the Sears Centre Arena include ASA’s Action Sports World Tour with The Used in concert, Thomas and Friends LIVE on Stage, Yanni “Voices” concert, and more! For more information regarding Sears Centre Arena and upcoming events, please visit the arena’s website at http://www.searscentre.com/.
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 sport of Volleyball in the United States.
USA Volleyball is responsible for both the Olympic disciplines of indoor volleyball and beach volleyball. USA Volleyball has over 240,000 registered members, 12,000 teams and 5,000 clubs nationwide. With an annual budget in excess of $11 million dollars, USA Volleyball supports the USA men’s and women’s senior national team programs, youth and junior national teams, national championship events, coaching education and certification programs, grassroots development, and programs for the disabled and ParalympicTeams. USA Volleyball has a rich tradition of success as evidenced by winning an Olympic medal in every Olympic Games since 1984 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.