For about a week now, I've been hearing rumors of a big event coming our way. Here in the office we speculated that we'd finally hear about the Major League Baseball All Star Game for 2014 (fingers still crossed on that one). Instead, today Meet Minneapolis held a press conference to announce the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships (ages 12-18), to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center June 25-July 2, 2014. This event will be the biggest one for our area since the Republican National Convention.
Pictured left: Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant, Kristy Cox of USA Volleyball and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Here's what we learned about the impact of USA Volleyball's eight-day event:
- Economic impact of more than $60 million
- Support for 10,200 jobs
- $2,252,000 in local taxes generated
- Pre-booked lodging in more than 65 hotels, with 54,200 room nights
- 9,500 athletes and more than 20,000 spectators
"This is a major score for Meet Minneapolis," said Meet Minneapolis President and CEO Melvin Tennant. "Our team worked on this bid for over a year. The competition to land an event of this magnitude is fierce." At the event, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak entered playing volleyball with five teen volleyball players. "Hospitality is one of our most important industries," he said. He called this is critical get for the city and this region.
Meet Minneapolis will be working with 13 other metro cities on booking rooms for the event. Mayors from those cities (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, New Brighton, Plymouth, Roseville and St. Louis Park) joined to create the video below.
--Ellie M. Bayrd
[Photo by Amanda Fretheim Gates, video courtesy of Meet Minneapolis]