Grand Canyon To Unveil New Beach Volleyball Stadium in 2017

  0 Braden Keith | January 14th, 2017 | College - Beach, News

Grand Canyon University will debut a brand new stadium for its beach volleyball team in 2017. The stadium will make its debut at the team’s season-opening tournament from March 3rd-4th, where the team will host Colorado Mesa, Hawaii, and Loyola Marymount.

The stadium is one of 10 new sports facilities being added by GCU over a two year period as part of its transition to the top division of NCAA competition. When the transition is complete, they will be the first for-profit university in Division I athletics.

The new stadium will have grandstand seating for 500, with seating for an additional 200 fans on two berms positioned around the 3 varsity courts – a common theme among the new GCU athletics facilities. There will also be 4 additional courts for recreational use (that can also be used for warmups during tournaments). The school hopes that the turf area south of the main courts will help give the stadium a “relaxing, beach feel.”

The team finished the 2016 season with an 18-8 overall record, including an 8-1 record at home.

The other 9 facilities being built are competitive facilities for soccer, baseball, softball, and tennis; as well as a new student-athlete development center, basketball practice facility, equipment room, and additions to the school’s golf course and the Lopes Performance Center.

The team’s full 2017 schedule is below:

Date Meet Host Location Time
3/3/2017 Colorado Mesa Phoenix, Ariz. 5:00 P.M.
3/4/2017 Hawaii Phoenix, Ariz. 6:00 P.M.
3/4/2017 Loyola Marymount Phoenix, Ariz. 10:00 A.M.
3/8/2017 Texas A&M Kingsville Phoenix, Ariz. 5:30 P.M.
3/10/2017 South Carolina Columbia, S.C. TBA
3/10/2017 UAB Columbia S.C. TBA
3/11/2017 Mercer Columbia, S.C. TBA
3/11/2017 Jacksonville Columbia, S.C. TBA
3/18/2017 San Jose State San Jose, Calif. TBA
3/18/2017 Saint Mary’s San Jose, Calif. TBA
3/18/2017 UCLA San Jose, Calif. TBA
3/24/2017 Nebraska Phoenix, Ariz. 9:30 A.M.
3/31/2017 Santa Clara Tuscon, Ariz. 2:00 P.M.
3/31/2017 Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 5:00 P.M.
4/1/2017 Arizona Tucson, AZ 1:00 P.M.
4/5/2017 Pepperdine Malibu, Calif. 1:00 P.M.
4/5/2017 Long Beach State Malibu, Calif. 3:00 P.M.
Outrigger Aloha Invitational
4/13/2017 Aloha Invite Kauai, Hawaii TBA
4/14/2017 Aloha Invite Kauai, Hawaii TBA
4/15/2017 Aloha Invite Kauai, Hawaii TBA
4/22/2017 Grossmont Phoenix, Ariz. 9:00 A.M.
4/22/2017 New Mexico Phoenix, Ariz. 11:00 A.M.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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