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Up for Bid: NAIA Seeking a Host for Women’s Beach Volleyball

22 Sep, 2020

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Want to host one of the hottest, fastest-growing sports around – one that garners attention from college campuses to the Olympics and which is even growing at the high school level? The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is accepting bids on its inaugural (in 2022) and 2023 Beach Volleyball National Invitational. All information can be found here.

Invitationals will be held from Tuesday to Saturday on April 21-23, 2022, and from April 20-22, 2023.

Economic Impact: The estimate for this event (since it has not yet been presented) is $750,000 to $1.5 million.

Event Format: This is a six-team event, with one day of pool play taking place on Thursday. Teams will then be re-seeded into a six-team single elimination bracket taking place Friday and Saturday.

Relevant Numbers: 150 players, coaches and staff; 500-1,000 fans over the duration

Host Community Requirements: In order to host, a destination should be able to supply the following:

  • All facilities and equipment necessary for beach volleyball, including standards and nets for one court
  • Adequate spectator seating of 500
  • Lights
  • Electronic scoreboards
  • Sound systems
  • Press box area
  • Concession stands
  • Rest rooms
  • Meeting rooms
  • Box office
  • Parking lots
  • Signs
  • Any other equipment, amenities or accessories as needed

Hotel Information: NAIA requires accommodations as follows:

  • A centralized property(s) capable of accommodating several meetings and an opening event for at least 150 people
  • Average length of stay of participants: 5-6 nights
  • Room block needed: 100
  • Room Rate: Price range of $90-$115, regardless of room occupancy
  • Hotel Registration: Participants will be responsible for making reservations and paying for rooms directly with the hotel

Those interested in bidding on this event should familiarize themselves with the NAIA’s National Championship Host Manual & Style Guide

To bid: Those interested in bidding should complete this BID PACKET and send to Anthony Goetz

After submission the NAIA national office will review all bids and will give all complete bids full consideration. Following the initial review, some bidders may be awarded official telephone interviews.  After all telephone interviews, finalists may be awarded an official site visit.

The bid deadline for this project is December 1, 2020.

Rights fee is negotiable.

Background: The NAIA voted to add beach volleyball as an emerging sport in the 2019-2020 school year, when 16 schools were offering it (a total of 15 is required for a sport to be classified as Emerging). It is now classified as an Invitational sport (25 schools or more) and continues to grow.

Information: For further explanation of the NAIA Beach Volleyball National Invitational, please contact Anthony Goetz, Women's Beach Volleyball Sport Manager, 816-595-8184, agoetz@naia.org

Here are a few FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Who can bid on NAIA Championships?

The NAIA has no specific requirement on who can bid on an NAIA National Championship. If you look across all 26+ championships, you will see a cross-section of bidders and hosts. The NAIA currently has convention and visitor bureaus, sports commissions, city governments, NAIA schools, NAIA conferences, as well as private promoters as hosts.

We have no NAIA school in close proximity. Does that prohibit us from bidding/hosting an NAIA Championship?

No, the NAIA has no requirement to have an NAIA school associated with your bid. There are certain aspects of championship operations that a school often assists with, however most of these needs can be fulfilled in other ways. Feel free to discuss any specific questions with a member of the NAIA championships team.

As a (Destination Marketing Organization) DMO, what do we need to know about the host’s responsibilities?

The NAIA model transfers all revenue rights (ticket sales, sponsorship, rebates, etc.) to the winning bidder. The major responsibilities of the host are producing enough revenue to support the championship budget and providing a venue and operations plan to produce a great championship.

Our DMO is not set-up with staffing to produce events. What options do we have?

The NAIA has seen many solutions to this. One option is to outsource to an events company. Another is to form a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) made up of many different interested parties who all share the same goal – to bring a major championship event (and thus a major economic impact) to that city.

More FAQs (and answers) are available at this link, along with information on Site Selection Components and What to Expect When Hosting.

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