Beach Volleyball goes Waltzing into Vienna this Summer!
For the very first time the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships will take place in Vienna, at the idyllic location of the Danube Island.
For 10 whole days, 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 – the 2017 World Championships includes a stunning purpose-built 10,000-capacity Center Court, VIP areas and a Beach Village to keep the thousands of visitors entertained.
A landlocked country it may be, but Austria has enjoyed a love affair with beach volleyball for over two decades. In 2001 the World Championships were hosted in Klagenfurt, a city in the south of the country, which is now steeped in beach volleyball folklore. Klagenfurt was once bestowed the title of beach volleyball capital of world and fans from all over the country would make the annual pilgrimage to the Carinthian town every summer.
The World Championships, a bi-annual event, have been dominated by teams from the USA and Brazil in recent years, though Germany did take the honours back in 2009 through its men’s team featuring Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann (three years before they would go on and win the Olympic title in London in 2012).
A serious contender for the women’s title in 2017 is the pairing of Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, winners of the 2016 Olympic Gold in Rio.
For those looking to simply try out beach volleyball during the Championships or maybe organize their own mini-tournament, Vienna already has six sand-based volleyball locations across the city which can be rented out. If you forgot to pack that pair of beach shorts or maybe misplaced your net, don’t worry, there are many shops in the city catering for enthusiasts and professionals alike. See www.beachvolleywien.at for more details.
So what does the future hold in Vienna? Can Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst add this elusive tournament to their incredible list of achievements? Will the Austrian teams delight the thousands of fans on home sand?
See you at the beach to find out!
The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball Championships in a Snapshot
Dates July 28 – August 6, 2017
Location Danube Island (Donauinsel (zw. Floridsdorfer- u. U6/Schnellbahnbrücke), 1210 Wien)
Teams The world’s 48 best teams per gender battle it out for the prizes in 208 games.
The Location – Center Court
- 85,000m² site
- 10,000 seats
- Large fan zone
- TV area for live broadcasts
- 1,200m² VIP area
- 2,200 VIP seats
Fan zone: fans who are not lucky enough to get hold of tickets in the stadium can follow all the matches live on big screens in the fan zone.
Youth exhibition: a range of sporting attractions, live shows and leading exhibitors will turn the exhibition zone into an experience to remember.
Party zone: in addition to the opening ceremony and closing event, the event arena will host various other highlights over the course of the tournament.
On court entertainment: fans will be at the heart of the action during the games – audience participation will get the stadium rocking and create an incredible atmosphere.