U.S. Women’s Volleyball + Major League Cricket Headed for North Texas

Women's Volleyball champ
Photo Chioka Ogbogu courtesy VNL

North Texas is Sports Central this week, with the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars both playing championship games. And, there’s more on the way! The U.S. Women’s National (Volleyball) Team (three time VNL champions, reigning Olympic Champs) will compete in Arlington May 28-June 2, and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and second season of Major League Cricket take over Grand Prairie Stadium in June and July.

The FIVB women’s volleyball tournament will be held at College Park Center in Arlington now through June 2, as the last major volleyball event before the Paris Olympic Games and the only VNL matches in the USA this year. VNL is the world’s premier annual international indoor volleyball tournament, where the top 16 teams in the world play for the coveted VNL Trophy.

Coppell Volleyball Star

Top local favorites to watch on the U.S. Women’s Team include sisters Avery and Madison Skinner, and Chiaka Ogbogu from Coppell, a member of Team USA since 2018. Winning the Olympic gold in 2020 and VNL in 2019 and 2021, she has played professionally in Italy, Poland and Türkiye. Ogbogu is a three-time AVCA First Team All-American at University of Texas, with the most blocks and block assists in school history.

Volleyball Nation team
U.S. team photo courtesy VNL

Volleyball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and Arlington is a great opportunity for Texas to show the unique volleyball culture they’re known for. The U.S. Women’s National Team will welcome VNL 2023 Champion Türkiye along with Canada, South Korea, Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Poland. Spectators can expect a week of intense volleyball action featuring the world’s best athletes. Tickets are available at VNLTickets.com, and pricing starts as low as $16 for a child’s ticket and $23 for adults, not including fees.

Cricket, Anyone?

Following a thrilling inaugural U.S. debut of Major League Cricket in 2023, cricket fever will once again take hold of North Texas this summer. The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and the second season of Major League Cricket will be held in Grand Prairie Stadium. The opening match of the T20 World Cup Sat., June 1, marks the first time for the U.S. to host a global cricket event.

Cricket continues to expand into new markets and vie for eligibility for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic games. The 2024 World Cup tournament will be co-hosted by the West Indies and the USA through June 29, with U.S. matches in Grand Prairie, Lauderhill (Florida), and Nassau County (New York).

Cricket practice
Cricket practice at Grand Prairie Stadium FB post.

Ways to watch T20 World Cup Cricket: There is limited availability for World Cup tickets; fans are encouraged to check via the Visit Grand Prairie website as batches of tickets will be released periodically.

Free World Cup Watch Parties

The City of Grand Prairie will host a series of free World Cup watch parties on the lawn at Jambox at the EpicCentral Grand Prairie entertainment complex, (also home to Chicken N Pickle, Bolder Adventure Park, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, and a host of newly-opened restaurants like Vidorra, Loop 9 BBQ, and The Finch. Illuvia, a daily Vegas-style water and light show, is also held there. JamBox, at EpicCentral Grand Prairie (2971 State Hwy 161, watch parties are free; lawn chairs and blanketgs welcome. Click on visitgrandprairietx.com/iccworldcup to find out more.

Following the final Grand Prairie-hosted World Cup match on June 7, Grand Prairie Stadium will be readied for the launch of the 2024 Major League Cricket season, serving as both the home turf for the Texas Super Kings as well as the venue for MLC post-season matches.

MLC Season Schedule

The MLC season gets underway when the Texas Super Kings take on the Los Angeles Knight Riders July 5 at 7:30 p.m. The final tournament (regular season) match will happen on July 23 at 7:30 p.m., when the Texas Super Kings face the Seattle Orcas. Playoff matches are set for July 24-28 at Grand Prairie Stadium.

“Cricket is the number two sport on the planet, so it’s very exciting to have been selected to be a part of both Major League Cricket and the ICC Men’s T20,” said Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen. “Exciting, but not surprising, since Grand Prairie continues to emerge as a top-tier destination for entertainment in North Texas and beyond. We look forward to welcoming cricket fans, both new and experienced, to our great city.”

The tournament will boast three weeks of nonstop T20 action, featuring international stars and the nation’s top domestic talent (including Devon Conway and Faf du Plessis of the Texas Super Kings). Matches will feature live entertainment, fireworks, player signings and meet-and-greets, merchandise giveaways, food trucks and more.

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Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.

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