International Beach Volleyball Tournament Finals Coming To Fort Lauderdale Beach
An international beach volleyball tournament is coming to Fort Lauderdale Beach this fall, and with it, will come a 4,500-person stadium, plus a crowd expected to pack it.
The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major, which is in its first year, has already made stops in Croatia and Norway and is currently in Switzerland until July 12. The tournament will make its fourth and last stop in Fort Lauderdale—the only U.S. city on the tour—from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 for the finals.
The winning women’s and men’s teams will each take home a $100,000 prize—the highest pay check in beach volleyball ever, according to the tournament, which is part of the Federation of International Volleyball’s 2015 World Tour.
“We are excited to bring the finals [to Fort Lauderdale] in year one,” a Swatch Beach Volleyball Major representative said.
It was more than Fort Lauderdale’s beach volleyball scene that played a hand in the city’s selection for the finals.
Hannes Jagerhofer, the owner of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series, has a personal love for the city; he lived in the Venice of America several years ago.
The Center Court stadium will be built at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park using funds from event sponsors. Organizers are scheduled to begin erecting the structure Sept. 16.
"The construction shouldn’t interrupt any events during the build, and we will work with the local volleyball community to temporarily remove some of the existing volleyball nets," the rep said.
The nearby B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale will play host to the tournament’s players.
The cost of admission to the five-day tournament is free, so organizers are expecting a full turnout. There will be vendors with interactive booths, music, food and beverages.
This post has been updated with additional information from Swatch Beach Volleyball Major representatives.