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Swatch Beach Volleyball Tournament Is About To Kick Off On Fort Lauderdale Beach With Olympic Athletes, VIP Experiences

Beachgoers might notice a giant volleyball sculpture on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach's most prominent intersection, and there's an exciting reason for the new beachfront fixture.

The sculpture's installment on Las Olas and A1A marks the return of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Tournament, an international sporting event that made its Fort Lauderdale debut in 2015.

However, this year's Fort Lauderdale Majors, taking place Feb. 7 to Feb. 12, will open the FIVB World Tour, instead of close out the tournament like it did in 2015.

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The beachside volleyball matches will feature Olympians including gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and other top athletes, and best of all, they're free and open to the public.

Plus, there will be plenty of entertainment and VIP opportunities throughout the week.

DJs and emcees who hosted the beach volleyball experience at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio will pump up the crowds in sync with the action on the sand, creating an electrifying atmosphere on Fort Lauderdale Beach. And the party will continue Thursday through Saturday nights at America's Backyard and the tournament's Beach Village on the sand.

VIP spectator experiences are also available at the VIP Beach Friends Lounge ($250-$850), featuring access to the roofed grandstand at Center Court, free appetizers, coffee, wine and beer. Access to the VIP Beach Majors Club ($750-$1,450) also includes full service catering.

Check out the details on several festival events below:

Free Events

College Night

Thursday, Feb. 9, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

America's Backyard

100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Official Beach Party

Friday, Feb. 10, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

America's Backyard

100 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Power 96 Beach Party

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Beach Village

1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

VIP

Cocktails with the Champions ($150)

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mingle with beach volleyball champions at this event full of food, drink and music at the Majors Club VIP Area by the B Ocean Hotel. Renowned catering company DO & CO will serve up appetizers, and reggae singer-songwriter Mishka will perform. The event benefits NSU's AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research.

1100 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

For the complete tournament schedule of matches Tuesday through Sunday, see the Swatch Major Series website here.

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(Lead photo courtesy of Swatch Beach Major Series)