The USA Men’s Volleyball Team won Olympic gold in 2008. Just three years later, scheduled to play at the Pyramid for World League, a sell out crowd was not expected. Two-time Olympian Kevin Barnett issued a challenge to the So Cal volleyball community on his podcast The Net Live: show up or stop complaining about a lack of elite volleyball in your area.
Long Beach resident Matt Garthoff took up that challenge, organizing a tailgate party around the event. Encouraged by the reaction of his friends and Team USA, Matt grew the event from a few dozen locals to nearly one thousand partygoers over the next 5 years. Now, the Vol-B-Que is a much anticipated event that gives the team what it deserves—a true home court advantage.