Nov 27, 2023 - Sports

San Diego Mojo pro volleyball team will play at Viejas Arena

An osprey is depicted in the San Diego Mojo logo. Photo: Courtesy of San Diego Mojo

San Diego has a new professional sports team taking the court next year.

Driving the news: The San Diego Mojo, a women's pro volleyball team owned by beach volleyball legend and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings, will play at SDSU's Viejas Arena for its inaugural season starting in February.

Why it matters: San Diego is at the forefront of the women's volleyball boom in the U.S., with excitement, fans and investment growing at the collegiate and professional levels.

State of play: In 2020, there were no professional women's volleyball leagues in the country. By next year, there could be four with the Pro Volleyball Federation marketed as the premier league in North America.

  • The San Diego Mojo are one of seven teams participating in the league's inaugural 2024 season, with additional teams set to come in 2025.
  • The season will culminate in May with a four-team championship weekend.

What they're saying: "League matches will be played in marquee arenas with elite athletes who, for the first time, have an opportunity to be paid a living wage while playing professionally in the United States," according to the league.

  • Player salaries start at $60,000, which is on par with the WNBA, and most will make between that and $100,000, per Sports Business Journal.
  • Plus, players will get a share of revenue and could earn additional money based on achievement and postseason success.

Details: The team is taking season ticket deposits on Dec. 1 at $50 per seat.

What's next: The Mojo's first match is Feb. 1, 2024 in Atlanta. The home opener is against the Grand Rapids Rise on Feb. 23 at 7pm at Viejas Arena.

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