NAIA Volleyball Championship to bump Sioux City economy
SIOUX CITY — The NAIA Volleyball National Championship casts its opening serve at the Tyson Events Center Tuesday.
Siouxland teams Morningside and Dordt will be among the 32 from across the nation that will be playing for the championship that is on its ninth consecutive stop in Sioux City. The number of teams competing jumped from the 24 that qualified last year, and that will more than likely cause a jump to the Sioux City economy.
“[The championship] gives local hotels, restaurants, and businesses an extra boost that they’ve come to depend on every year. It also exposes Sioux City to people who may not visit here otherwise, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic quality of life,” Tyson Events Center Executive Director Erika Newton said. “All season, these athletes are competing to finally make the trip to Sioux City, so it’s wonderful to know that our community is thought of in this way.”
Tournament Co-Director and Great Plains Athletic Conference Commissioner Corey Westra believes the event offers a big-time experience.
“I’ve been around the national volleyball championship for quite a few years myself and... I think the thing that sets Sioux City apart... is that we have the ability to play under one roof at the Tyson Events Center and it’s a championship feel and environment,” said Westra. “No matter what court you are on -- or in -- you are in that championship environment, the big stage. That has been a major draw to Sioux City over the years.”
Newton said that though it’s difficult to predict, she estimated 20,000 people might be coming to town to increase revenues at hotels and restaurants. She expects the numbers to increase from last year.