Monday, January 22, 2018
Events

Work begins for beach volleyball tournament in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Preparation work for this weekend's professional beach volleyball tour event began Tuesday in Vinoy Park.

Crews began building the four courts that will be used by the 32 teams in the upcoming Association of Volleyball Professionals St. Pete Open from Friday through Sunday.

"We are hoping that this will become an annual event in the city," said Mario Farias, chief executive of the Farias Consulting Group, which is producing the event.

Nearly 1,200 tons of sand, or 60 dump truck loads, were trucked into the park for the event. Crews were erecting 1,500 bleacher seats for spectators.

Tickets are $15 at the gate, and kids under 12 are free through avp.com.

Gates open each day at 9 with action beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Friday night will include a fireworks show and performances by the band Offshore Riot.

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