Anaheim could lose out as host of USA volleyball

The USA women celebrated winning the Olympic bronze medal in Rio/FIVB photo

The Orange County Register reported Friday that the city of Anaheim might lose USA Volleyball. In a story by Scott Reid, it was explained that the Anaheim City Council is expected to vote on a proposed contract extension Tuesday, but if it is rejected, USA Volleyball would be forced to find a new home.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s opposition to extending a host city contract with USA Volleyball could result in the Olympic medal-winning U.S. national men’s and women’s teams leaving their home training base for the past decade.

The story continued:

USA Volleyball chairman Lori Okimura said if the city does not renew the agreement that expires Dec. 31, the sport’s national governing body not only is likely to move the national teams out of Anaheim but the city would lose the lucrative 2020 USA Volleyball Open tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as dozens of other volleyball events, costing the city millions of dollars in hotel and tourism revenues.

Both the USA men’s and women’s teams train at the American Sports Centers, where the coaches have offices as well. Many of the national-team players have year-round residences nearby because they train there.

The city of Anaheim would lose a number of USA Volleyball-related incentives, including tournaments that would be conducted there. According to the Register:

Under the proposed deal Anaheim would pay USA Volleyball $325,000 annually. USA Volleyball would also receive a 50 percent rent discount on Anaheim facilities capped at $37,000 per year. The current 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.

In return Anaheim would continue to receive Team USA host city status, and would be recognized on USA Volleyball websites and social media. Team USA players and coaches would make 20 appearances at city functions and the 2020 USA Volleyball Open would be awarded to the Anaheim Convention Center.

Reid wrote that the council vote is expected to be 3-2 and go either way. To read the entire story, click here.