Host City: Opole
Opole is a city in southern Poland on the river Oder. It is the capital of the Opole Voivodeship.
Opole is one of the oldest towns in Poland. Its long history dates back to the 9th century. During its existence, it has belonged to Poland, Bohemia, Prussia and Germany.
The National Festival of Polish Song has been held in Opole annually since 1963 and each year the city welcomes new events, fairs, shows and competitions.
It will be the first time Opole hosts an international competition organised by the FIVB.
Host Venue: Opole Arena
The Opole Arena is a pearl of architecture with a characteristic shape standing out against the background of the urban landscape. The arena located on 70 Oleska Street in Opole has not only hosted sports events but also concerts, exhibitions and fairs. The stands of the sports and entertainment hall are home to 3500 spectators.
It was built in 1968 and has a rich volleyball tradition. At the beginning of the 21st century, the team of Mostostal-Azoty Kedzierzyn-Kozle was playing there in the Champions League. Additionally, the qualifications for the World and European Championships with the participation of Poland national men's and women's volleyball teams took place in Opole. The first volleyball event in Opole Arena took place on June 24, 1983, when Polish volleyball team won against United States 3-0 in a friendly match. The arena underwent a general renovation that was completed in September 2017.