(Columbus, May 25, 2017)  —  The popularity of volleyball tournaments at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) continues May 26-28 with the 2017 North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) Championships XXXV.

“This is very special to me because I live here in Columbus,” said Jason Fallon, president of the NAGVA Board of Directors. “This is a very serious event for us. We’re super excited to be here.”

Tournament play will feature 94 teams with creative names ranging from Good Volley Ms. Molly to X-Men Renewed.

Utilizing 15 courts in the exhibit halls, the tournament begins with pool play on May 26, with bracket play beginning May 27 and continuing May 28. Play begins at 8 a.m. each day.

The players will enjoy a beer garden, barbecue, Sunday evening banquet and awards celebration in the Union Station Ballroom, and events in the local community.

The tournament was previously held in Columbus in 1998.

NAGVA includes more than 17,500 members throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico developing and supporting volleyball in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community.

“We welcome the return of NAVGA to Columbus. NAGVA and our Ohio Region Volleyball client are collaborating on logistics for the NAGVA tournament, which furthers the visibility of volleyball on an international scope,” said Greater Columbus Convention Center General Manager John R. Page.