USA Volleyball will get to stay in Anaheim

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The Orange County Register reported Tuesday night:

Anaheim city officials signed off Tuesday night on funding a deal that is expected to help the U.S. men’s and women’s volleyball teams keep the city as their home training base through the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Lori Okimura, chair of the USA Volleyball board of directors who was at the meeting, Tweeted after, “First step. Negotiations continue.”

USA women’s coach Karch Kiraly was among those who spoke on behalf of USA Volleyball to the Anaheim city council.

OC Register reporter Scott Reid wrote:

The agreement in which Anaheim will remain designated as the U.S. national teams’ host city was approved by 3-2 vote by the Anaheim City Council after 65 minutes of often heated debate and opposition by Mayor Tom Tait.

Had the council not approved the agreement USA Volleyball would have moved the two national teams out of Anaheim, taking along with them dozens of national and regional tournaments and the tens of millions of dollars they would have generated within Anaheim.

Visit Anaheim and USA Volleyball officials still have to negotiate the final details of the agreement. The deal also has to be passed by USA Volleyball’s board of directors. The board is next expected to meet Oct. 9-10 in Las Vegas.

It’s certainly understandable why USA Volleyball would hate to give up its spot in Anaheim:

In extending a host city agreement the city and USA Volleyball have had since 2009, Anaheim will pay USA Volleyball $1.5 million over the four-year period leading up to the Tokyo Olympics. USA Volleyball would also receive a 50 percent rent discount on Anaheim facilities capped at $230,000 during the quad. The new deal actually saves the city $26,331, according to a report by Visit Anaheim executive director Tom Morton. The financial support comes from the city’s convention, sports and entertainment budget and not the general fund, Morton said.

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