State College of Florida and the Bradenton Area Sports Commission announced Tuesday that they have won a competitive bid to host the Region 8 National Junior College Athletic Association volleyball tournament over the next three years.
Athletic directors from across the state reviewed the applications to host the tournament and chose the partnership. Last year the state tournament was held in Pensacola, and Hillsborough Community College won the championship.
By bringing the tournament to the area, SCF and The Bradenton Sports Commission said they are helping expand the sports industry in the area.
Manatee and Sarasota counties have attracted world-class rowing events, soccer tournaments and polo competitions, and can boast some of the best teams in the state, including SCF baseball, tennis and volleyball. The competitions are an economic engine, filling local hotel rooms, boosting restaurant sales and getting visitors into area shops, they said.
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The tournament will begin with a banquet at the Bradenton-Area Convention Center in Palmetto the night before tournament play begins. Games will start on Nov. 4, eliminations will take place Nov. 5 and the championship game will be played Nov. 6. The tournament is open to the public and information about ticket sales will be available closer to the tournament date.
Sponsorships are available for the tournament, which is expected to attract an audience from across the state. SCF also is looking for volunteers to help with the tournament and to serve as hosts for this community-wide event.