Puerto Rican Mayor Expresses Interest in Hosting 2018 Men’s Pan Am Cup

  0 Braden Keith | June 25th, 2017 | FIVB World Grand Prix, International Volleyball, News, NORCECA volleyball

San Juan, Puerto Rico is schedule to host a Pool F2 stop of the 2017 FIVB World Grand Prix from July 14th-16th this year, which will make it the only American host in this year’s global challenge league. According to NORCECA, the governing body for continental volleyball in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean, the city is hoping to become a fixture for international volleyball in the near future.

According to NORCECA, the president of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation, Dr. Cesar Trabanco, had a meeting with the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto, to discuss the possibility of hosting another round of Grand Prix action in 2018 in addition to the 2018 Men’s Pan American Cup.

“We met for a couple of hours and it was a friendly and interesting meeting with the honorable mayor who reiterated her support to stage the World Grand Prix in San Juan,” Trabanco explained. ““She mentioned that wants those two events for San Juan and the next step is the official letter from the municipality to be remitted to FIVB and NORCECA, respectively.”

The Roberto Clemente Coliseum hosted sellout crowds for the final 2016 Olympic qualiifying tournament. Courtesy: Mtmelendez

The Roberto Clemente Coliseum, named after the famous Puerto Rican baseball player, was opened in February of 1973 and has a capacity of 9,000 fans. In 2016, it hosted the final women’s volleyball qualification tournament for the Olympic Games. Puerto Rico won that tournament in front of sold-out crowds to qualify for their first-ever Olympic Games.

This summer, they will host a stop of the World Grand Prix that includes Canada, Bulgaria and Czech Republic.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. 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 SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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