FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
World Grand Prix Finals return to Japan
SPORTS CENTER (KITAYELL)
Sapporo takes the spotlight
Olympic bronze medallists Japan are set to host the
FIVBWorld Grand Prix Finals in the northern city of
Sapporo. From August 28 to September 1, the hosts will
take their place alongside five other teams in the Finals.
The matches will be held at the Hokkaido Prefectural
Sport Center – also called “Kitayell” by the locals – an
indoor sporting arena located in Toyohira-ku.
If previous editions of the FIVB World Grand Prix are
anything to go by, fans can expect some gripping
volleyball action in Sapporo this year.The world waits to
see if Sapporo will be remembered as the place where
current champions USA achieve a fourth consecutive
title in the competition or if another contender breaks
through to take the spotlight and the gold medal.
Sapporo is the fourth most populated city in Japan
and the largest on the northern Japanese island of
Hokkaido. The western and southern parts of Sapporo
are surrounded by mountains (Mount Teine, Maruyama,
and Mount Moiwa) as well as a lot of rivers including
the Ishikari River, Toyohira River, and S
The city hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1972, the
first ever held in Asia, and is a centre for winter sports
in Japan. It is home to the world-famousYuki Matsuri,
or Sapporo Snow Festival which it hosts every February.
It also has a firm tradition organising major events in
other sports, such as soccer, baseball and basketball.