AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour to take Manhattan:

First-ever AVP New York City Open set for July 16-19 at

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19, 2015

General admission is free.

Pier 26/25, Hudson River Park / West and North Moore Streets

Event to feature numerous Olympians, high-energy atmosphere and fun for all ages
General admission is free, tickets and premium packages available at www.avp.com

VolleyballThe AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Tour, the top professional beach volleyball tour in the U.S., will bring the best and brightest stars of beach volleyball to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26/25 in Lower Manhattan this summer.  The AVP New York City Open, which will be held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26/25 from July 16-19, will feature 16 top men’s and 16 top women’s duos competing in three days of main draw play preceded by a one-day open qualifying tournament.  The tournament is the second on the AVP’s 2015 schedule – and the only stop in the Northeast.

Fans will get an up close look at the sport like never before, with four days of world-class beach volleyball competition and an unmatched high-energy atmosphere in the heart of Manhattan. The AVP New York City Open is a true celebration of beach volleyball, with fun for all ages including music, food, interactive games, beach volleyball clinics and more.

Thurs., July 16 (8 a.m.-6 p.m. ET) – Men’s and Women’s Open Qualifying Tournament

Fri., July 17 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET) – Main-Draw Play

Sat., July 18 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET) – Continuation of Main Draw Play

Sun., July 19 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET) – Semifinals and Finals

*All times subject to change

Men’s and women’s beach volleyball stars:

AVP top-ranked women’s duo Kerri Walsh Jennings (three-time Olympic gold medalist) and partner April Ross (2012 Olympic silver medalist). Walsh Jennings and Ross won all seven tournaments on the AVP’s 2014 schedule and won the first tournament on the AVP’s 2015 tour.

World No. 1 team and men’s Olympians Phil Dalhausser (2008 Olympic gold medalist, two-time Olympian) and partner Sean Rosenthal (two-time Olympian). Dalhausser and Rosenthal have finished third or higher in eight of the 11 AVP tournaments they have played together.

Jennifer Kessy, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who returned to action this summer after missing all of last season to start a family

Jake Gibb (two-time Olympian) and partner Casey Patterson, who have won nine of the 15 AVP tournaments they have played together, including four straight.

Nicole Branagh (2008 Olympian)

TICKETS: General admission is free, and exclusive premium tickets and hospitality packages are available for purchase at www.AVP.com.