The 2018 USAV Open Nationals are just two months away with the competition set to take place in Dallas from May 25-30 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The Open level of competition was created in 1928 and has run annually, aside from a two-year gap during World War II. The tournament in Dallas will mark the 89th year of the competition and will bring in over 500 teams and 6,000 players. The competition hosts teams from 18 to 80-plus, with the oldest level of play being the Men’s 79-and-Over bracket.
In 2017, Open Nationals were held in Minneapolis where the competition also featured the U.S. Women’s and Men’s Sitting Teams for a scrimmage with some players competing in the sitting volleyball division. At the competition, former Olympian Lloy Ball earned his second MVP honor in the Men’s 40s division.
Once again, the sitting volleyball competition will run in conjunction with the Open Nationals along with the Special Olympics.
Dallas has a long-standing tradition of hosting top-notch USA Volleyball events:
- Open Nationals – 1960, 1996, 2002 and 2011
- GJNC – 1998 and 2008
- GJNC18 – 2017
- BJNC – 1998 and 2016
- FIVB World League – 2012 and 2016
The Open Nationals is expected to bring in around $13.5 million for the city of Dallas.