13,000 Teens Hit Minneapolis For Junior Volleyball Championships

13,000 Teens Hit Minneapolis For Junior Volleyball Championships


THERE ARE 13,000 MORE TEENAGERS IN THE METRO THIS WEEK. THAT’S A LOT. WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND COACHES, THAT IS 41,000 PEOPLE. THEY ARE SERVING IT UP AT THE USA VOLLEYBALL GIRLS JR. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE CONVENTION CENTER. THE 10 DAY EVENT IS EXPECTED TO BRING $50 MILLION IN REVENUE TO THE AREA. SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD EXPLAINS WHY THE EVENT IS SO WELL-TIMED. Reporter: DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS HAS A LOT OF EXTRA ENERGY THIS WEEK. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, YOUNG WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE SOAKING UP THE SUMMER DAY. DEREK RUTHERFORD, A.K.A., REAGAN’S DAD, THINKS IT’S COOL, TOO. IT’S LIKE HOUSTON WITHOUT THE HUMIDITY. WE ENJOY BEING ABLE TO WALK AROUND WITHOUT SWEATING IN THE SUN. Reporter: ALL OF THESE PEOPLE WALKING AROUND IS WHAT THE TOURISM EXECUTIVES LOVE TO SEE. AND THE TIMING IS PERFECT. THERE IS NOT A LOT OF HOTEL ACTIVITY GENERALLY OVER THIS FOURTH OF JULY. Reporter: MANY HOTEL ROOMS ARE BOOKED IN MORE THAN 20 AREA HOTELS, AND THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ESTABLISHMENTS BRIMMING WITH TEENAGERS. GIRLS, LADIES, 11 TO 17 SPEND MORE MONEY ON FOOD THAN ANY OTHER VOLLEYBALL GROUP. THAT IS MY EXPERT INFORMATION I’M GETTING. Reporter: AFTER ALL, THE 11 TO 17-YEAR-OLD GIRLS ARE BURNING LOTS OF ENERGY. THERE ARE 69 QUARTS GOING AT THIS NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. DRAGON’S TEAM JUST ADVANCED AND IT SEEMS THE CITY IS WINNING, TOO. WE WILL COME BACK SOMEDAY AND SEE PAISLEY PARK. Reporter: SUSAN-ELIZABETH

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