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AVP Manhattan Beach Open Promises World-Class Volleyball

Jul 12, 2016 10:15AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Lane Carico of Manhattan Beach makes a play on the ball. Photo credit: AVP-Kohjiro Kinno.

Manhattan Beach will be home to some of the best beach volleyball matches in the world this weekend as the AVP Manhattan Beach Open celebrates its 57th year.

The tournament is the longest running continuous event in the sport, and has become known as the "Wimbledon of beach volleyball." Throughout the weekend, world-ranked beach volleyball players will battle it out on the sand to earn the right to have their names enshrined on the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Featured players include last year's winners Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena, and Jennifer Fopma.

The tournament will run down at the pier from July 14 to 17, culminating in the final matches on Sunday, July 17, at noon and 1:30 p.m. The finals will be broadcast on NBC at noon on Sunday.

The event features a full festival village, MBO Legends match, kids' clinic, athlete signings, movie night, interactive games, and the annual MBO Walk of Fame Pier Ceremony. Movie night will take place on Friday, July 15, at 7:00 p.m. on Stadium Court with a showing of the movie "Rio."

General admission is free with no tickets required. Tickets for premium seating begin at $55 and are available for courtside and the Club AVP skybox.

Parking note: Manhattan Beach Boulevard will be closed west of Ocean from July 11 through July 19. During event hours (Thursday at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday at 6:00 p.m.), Manhattan Beach Boulevard will be closed west of Manhattan Avenue, and Ocean Drive will be closed from 11th Street to 12th Street.

A free shuttle will run between Manhattan Village Field and the downtown Manhattan Beach Vons on Saturday and Sunday.

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