The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has awarded hosting rights for the 2017 edition of its Beach Volleyball World Championships to the Austrian capital of Vienna.
A 10,000-capacity Centre Court stadium will serve as the main hub of the event, which will be held from July 28 to August 6 on Donauinsel island. A surrounding Beach Village area will also provide a public viewing space and exhibitions for spectators.
In line with the FIVB’s plans to make the Championships an entertainment spectacle as much as a sporting one, the venue will transform into an events arena during the evenings. The arena will hold beach party nights and other events.
The competition will comprise 48 men’s and women’s teams, with a total of 208 matches set to take place across the nine days of competition.
Austria has staged the biennial event once before in 2001, when the city of Klagenfurt played host. The most recent event took place in the Dutch cities of The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Apeldoorn last year, with Brazil picking up the gold medal in both the men’s and women’s disciplines.
FIVB president Ary Graça said: “With its rich cultural heritage and passion for sports, I am confident (Vienna) will deliver a spectacular competition which builds on the success of the last World Championships in the Netherlands.
“Beach volleyball is unequivocally in a golden era of success, it will be the signature event at Rio 2016 and the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna will help us continue in our pursuit to become the number one family sport entertainment in the world. The Austrian capital will be a chance to showcase once again the universal appeal and popularity of beach volleyball.”