The first non-University of Louisville event for the arena was announced today at the University of Louisville’s YUM Center. The 2012 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Finals will bring nearly 20,000 screaming college sport fans to the city in the first planned display of how well Louisville can handle major championships. That’s over 2-years after opening day, though, so there will be plenty of other big events at the arena before the volleyballs start flying.
The C-J reported that last year’s final drew a record crowd of 17,430 in Omaha, but we believe Louisville can pack the 22,000 seat house. Business First pointed out that Louisville is already a “volleyball community” as it hosts an annual stop for the AVP Professional Beach Volleyball at Waterfront Park. The Ville-Voice also noted that the event will have an expected $4 million impact on the local economy.
- Arena gets 2012 volleyball (Ville-Voice)
- Louisville gets 2012 volleyball final four (Business First)
- New arena to host 2012 NCAA women’s volleyball finals (C-J)
- More coverage of Arena Mayhem (Broken Sidewalk)