See the USA Men's Volleyball World League team take on world powerhouse Russia in Wichita this weekend at a discounted price! The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission is offering discount tickets to all Newman University alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters for the matches this Friday, July 9 and Saturday, July 10, at Charles Koch Arena. General Admission tickets are available at $10 (normally $15), and Reserved Tickets will be $20 (normally $25). In addition, The Sports Commission has agreed to donate a portion of each ticket sold to the Newman University Athletic Department.
"We want to fill the stands and show the world what a sports town we have here in Wichita," said Sports Commission President and CEO Bob Hanson. "I urge everyone to come and witness world-class athletes from the Olympic gold medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team and the opposing team from Russia. Both matches promise to be exciting."
The FIVB World League is an elite men's volleyball competition in which the world's best teams are divided into four pools that play for six straight weekends from June 4 to July 10. Winners from each pool will qualify for the final round July 21-25 in Cordoba, Argentina, along with the host country and a pick from among the second-place teams in pool play. At 7-3, the USA team trails 9-1 Russia by two games and must win both nights by large margins to have a chance to advance to the final round.
The total World League prize purse is more than $20 million, with the winning team collecting a prize of more than $1 million.
Hanson said the goal is to sell the July 9 and 10 matches out while showing the world that Wichita is truly a first-class location for hosting national and international events. The matches will be televised by tape delay to more than 50 countries on ESPNU and ESPN2. "I feel that with your help we can make this a reality while putting Wichita, Kan., on the map," he said.
To get the discounted tickets, go to the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission website at www.wichitasports.com and click on the "Click here for ticket info" link for the USA Volleyball match link at the top of the page. At the ticket purchasing page, enter NEWMAN in the Promotional Access Code field.
"Please make every effort to join us, as this promises to be a fun-filled, action-packed event with world-class athletes," Hanson said. "You don't get that opportunity very often."