Can you believe we are already talking about the 2010 BJJ Pan-Ams? I know, it is not until April 8-10, and in between now and then we do have some international competitions on the way like the 2010 Europeans and the ones that will be held in the Middle East. But the Pan-Ams are a big deal and provide a window to see what jiu-jitsu stars to keep an eye on for the World Championship which take place a few months later.
In any case the news to report here is that for the first time in many years, the Pan-Ams will not take place at the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. (See here for a photo of some matches underway at good ol’ Cal State, and yes, that is a photo used in the BJJ Google Theme!) In 2010, the event will be held at the Bren Center at the University of California, Irvine.
Why? If you thought about it you wouldn’t have to guess: size. Remember that the 2009 Pan-Ams broke all previous attendance records to date, even that of the World Championships. According to a representative from CSU Dominguez Hills, their gymnasium holds 4,000 spectators. The website for the Bren Center states that their facility holds 4,952 spectators for sporting events.