Hawai’i to host Big West Tournament in 2021, 2022

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The Big West championship will go through the Hawaiian Islands for the next two seasons.

The conference announced Thursday that it has agreed to a partnership with Hawai’i Tourism Authority and both the 2021 and 2022 Big West Men’s Volleyball Tournaments will take place at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Stan Sheriff Center is the home court of No. 2 Hawai’i, the defending Big West champions. The Rainbow Warriors led the nation last season averaging 5,233 people per home match, including having a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 people for their final match before the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Hawai’i last played host to the Big West Tournament in 2019 and had a sold-out home crowd as it defeated Long Beach State in the conference tournament finals.

“The University of Hawai‘i is honored to host the Big West Volleyball tournament at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center,” Hawai’i athletics director David Matlin said in a statement. “The last time we hosted, it was a memorable event for both Big West student athletes and the people of Hawai’i. Mahalo to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority for this impactful Big West sponsorship and for their continued support of University of Hawai‘i Athletics,”

Along with Hawai’i playing host to the next two conference tournaments, the Big West announced Thursday that UC Irvine would be the host site for 2023.

This will be the first time that No. 6 UC Irvine has played host to the conference tournament since the Big West started sponsoring men’s volleyball in 2018.

The Big West Tournament is a three-round, single-elimination tournament that features all six Big West teams. The winner of the tournament receives the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.