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Pro Beach Volleyball Coming To Louisville

Tuesday February 20, 2007

AVP Crocs Tour to make its Kentucky debut over Memorial Day weekend

Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and the Greater Louisville Sports Commission to announce that the fast-growing AVP Crocs Tour is adding Louisville as a new stop for 2007.

The AVP 2007 Louisville Open debuts on Festival Plaza at Waterfront Park over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. It is the first time an AVP event will take place in Kentucky.

More than 150 of the top professional beach volleyball athletes in the world, including Olympic Gold medalists Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor will compete in the tournament which will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net.

“Louisville is a big-time sports town and the AVP pro volleyball tournament adds to a growing list of premier sports events our community is hosting,” Abramson said. “We're excited to showcase our Waterfront and our entire community to the best players and fans in the volleyball world.”

Abramson said the event is expected to have a $3.5 million economic impact for the community.

Partners in bringing world-class beach volleyball to Louisville include: AVP, Inc., sports promoters SFX Worldwide and Reach Event Marketing, the Greater Louisville Sports Commission, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky Sports Authority and the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation.

“We are excited about adding the AVP Tour to our list of prestigious events, such as the 2008 Ryder Cup, the Louisville Ironman, 2007 National Senior Games and the 30th Anniversary of the McDonalds All-American Basketball Games,” said Diane McGraw, executive director of the Greater Louisville Sports Commission.

The AVP 2007 Louisville Open will kick-off on Thursday, May 24, and continue through the weekend with the men’s and women’s finals held on Sunday, May 27. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 23. For ticket or sponsorship information, visit