2016-08-07 13:00:00 CET
Beach volleyball’s showpiece tournament is off to Austria next year
The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball Championships will be waltzing into Vienna next summer!
The Austrian capital will be saying “Welcome to the Island” to thousands of beach fans after the Federation for International Beach Volleyball (FIVB) announced the host city’s glamorous plans for next year’s showpiece event on the Danube Island.
As we saw at the A1 Major Klagenfurt, Austrian fans are some of the loudest and proudest in the sport which promises to make beach volleyball’s biennial celebration the biggest and best yet.
So mark 28th July to 6th August in your diaries and don’t you dare even think about booking a holiday because for 10 days Vienna is going to be moving to the sights and sounds of beach volleyball!
One of the globe’s trendiest and livable cities will turn into the world capital of beach volleyball. 48 women’s and men’s teams will fight tooth and nail for the title of world champions while playing for a cool one million dollars in prize money.
The 11th tournament of its kind in beach volleyball history – and the second to be held on Austrian sand – will take place on Vienna’s iconic Danube Island and will include a stunning 10,000-capacity Center Court, exquisite VIP areas and a Beach Village to keep hundreds of thousands of visitors entertained.
FIVB’s president Ary S. Graça said: “The FIVB and the entire volleyball family is looking forward to experiencing the warm welcome and fantastic hosting credentials that Austria has already showed us when the country staged the 2001 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Klagenfurt.”
Tournament organizer Hannes Jagerhofer added: “With the World Championships 2017 in Vienna, a dream will come true! I am delighted that we have found such an experienced, strong and motivated partner with Vienna, which will provide fantastic infrastructure and the best conditions for an extraordinary event like the World Championships. For 21 years, beach volleyball in Klagenfurt, on the beautiful shores of Lake Wörthersee, has written an unprecedented success story, which we will now continue in the metropolis Vienna.”
Get ready Vienna – it might be a year away but we’re already counting down the days to seeing you! #WorldChampsVienna.