Pittsburgh Welcomes NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship December 19 and 21

Final Four teams include Baylor, Minnesota, Stanford and Wisconsin

Pittsburgh – Representatives of SportsPITTSBURGH, Duquesne University and PPG Paints Arena today officially welcomed the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship to Pittsburgh. The final four teams include Baylor University, Minnesota University, Stanford University and Wisconsin University. The semifinal matches will be held at PPG Paints Arena on December 19 with the championship game on December 21.

Rich Fitzgerald has proclaimed Dec. 19-21 as NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship Days in Allegheny County. This designation is fitting, as more than 300 USA Volleyball sanctioned clubs and 456 high school volleyball teams in the area ensure widespread awareness of the sport and the valuable lessons with which it is associated.

More than 18,000 enthusiastic volleyball fans will converge on Downtown Pittsburgh this weekend, bringing $7.19 million into the local economy. Additionally, the American Volleyball Coaches Associates convention also is being held Dec. 18-21 with an estimated attendance of 2,600 and a direct spend of $1.8 million. The total economic impact of these two events is $9 million, which has a direct impact on the hospitality community, especially during what would typically be a slow season.

“We are looking forward to a great championship week and a special experience for our participating teams, fans and the City of Pittsburgh,” said Kristin Fasbender, director of championships & alliances for the NCAA. “We want to say a special thank you to Duquesne University and SportsPITTSBURGH on all of their efforts and hard work of putting together an incredible week of events.”

“This is one of the NCAA’s most elite championships, and these athletes have worked extremely hard to get to Pittsburgh to compete for the 2019 championship,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH. “We are honored for Pittsburgh to host this prestigious event, and we look forward to providing an iconic sports experience in our City of Champions.”

“Duquesne University and the Department of Athletics is always proud to partner with the teams at PPG Paints Arena, the City of Pittsburgh and SportsPITTSBURGH to host NCAA Championships,” said Dave Harper, Director of Athletics at Duquesne University. “This year’s volleyball championship is yet another example of our collective commitment to create a great championship experience for the student-athletes that are competing and the fans attending the matches. We are excited and blessed to be hosting yet another successful NCAA championship and look forward to more in the near future.”

In addition to the competition, here are some additional events that will be held as part of the championship weekend.

  • Decorated Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings will be in Pittsburgh for the semifinal matches on December 19. Jennings is a great ambassador for NCAA Volleyball and the growth of the sport as a whole.
  • A free girls’ volleyball clinic, for grades 4-8, is being led by NCAA collegiate volleyball coaches, 2019 NCAA All-American volleyball players and the 2019 Duquesne women’s volleyball team. The clinic will be held December 20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
  • Community engagement is a significant piece of NCAA championships. This year, the Pittsburgh Local Organizing Committee and the NCAA have partnered with SisterFriend, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides feminine care products to homeless and underprivileged populations throughout the Pittsburgh region. Together the student-athletes plan to pack 2,000 feminine care products throughout the week, with donations being presented to the Pittsburgh Public Schools on December 20 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Tickets available here.

Media interested in covering any of the Division I matches must apply for a credential at www.ncaa.com/media.

As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.