BYU Announces 2009 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe announces BYU will host the 2009 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship


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PROVO -- Brigham Young University and the NCAA announced today BYU will host the 2009 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship in the Smith Fieldhouse May 7-9, 2009. Both semifinal matches will be played on Thursday, May 7, with the national championship match held on Saturday, May 9.

“It gives us great pleasure to have the visiting teams and members of the NCAA on our campus,” said BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe. “The Smith Fieldhouse is a great venue for volleyball and the national championships. We are grateful to have great support from our state and local community.”

Following Holmoe's remarks, Brian Summers, Chairman of the NCAA Volleyball Committee, addressed the media.

“On behalf of the committee I’d like to express our excitement for our host BYU.” he said. “This is a spectacular city with a unique setting for student athletes to enjoy. All of the components of an excellent host site are in place here.”

Representing the City of Provo was Mayor Lewis Billings who expressed his excitement for the upcoming championship and the historic value of the Smith Fieldhouse.

“There are so many incredible memories that are tied to this place and our team is anxious to engage with the BYU team to make this an amazing experience,” he said. “There is not a place better than Brigham Young University. Provo is pleased to lend its enthusiastic support to this championship.”

BYU will host its first national championship event since hosting the 1989 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. Three other outdoor track championships were held at BYU in 1967, 1975 and 1982. BYU also hosted the NCAA Wrestling Championship in 1969.

All session tickets for the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championships will go on sale today at the Marriott Center Ticket Office. The ticket office may be reached at (801) 422-BYU1 or toll-free at (800) 322-BYU1. Tickets may also be purchased online HERE

CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Semifinal #1: Thursday, May 7 (9 p.m. ET/7 p.m. MT)

Television: ESPN2/ESPNU Live

Internet: ESPN360.com

Semifinal #2: Thursday, May 7 (11 p.m. ET/9 p.m. MT)

Television: ESPNU Live; ESPN2 Tape delay

Internet: none

Finals: Saturday, May 9 (6 p.m. ET/4 p.m. MT)

Television: ESPN2

Internet: ESPN360.com

Participating Teams: Champions of the Conference Tournament:

- Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF)

- Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA)

- Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA)

- One at large team selected by the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Committee

Ticket Prices:

All Session VIP $100.00

Includes: Courtside seat, priority parking pass (one per order), access to VIP hospitality area and a souvenir championship program

All Session Reserved $35.00/$30.00

All Session Adult General Admission $25.00

All Session Student General Admission $20.00

Children under the age of 2 Free with paying adult

Single Session Reserved (if available) $20.00

Single Session Adult General Admission $15.00

Single Session Student General Admission $12.00

Ticket Sales Timeline:

October 9, 2008 – October 31, 2008

All Session VIP, reserved and general admission tickets available only to BYU Men’s Volleyball season ticket holders

November 1, 2008 – May 6, 2009

All Session VIP, reserved and general admission tickets available to general public

May 7-9, 2009

Single Session reserved and general admission tickets (if venue is not sold out) available to general public

Volley Village:

The Smith Fieldhouse Annex will be turned into Volley Village during the week of May 4-9, 2009. Volley Village is an interactive, family friendly volleyball carnival with games, live entertainment, food, prize giveaways, interactive booths and merchandise sales. More information about Volley Village will follow.