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Volume 24 No. 114

Events and Attractions

The AVP has chosen St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park “as the site of one of five tournaments in its upcoming Pro Beach Volleyball Tour,” according to Katherine Snow Smith of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Organizers estimate that 30,000 people "will be on hand” to watch the Sept. 13-15 event. Six temporary courts “will be built to professional standards in Vinoy Park.” Farias Marketing Group Managing Dir Mario Farias, whose firm will help produce the event, said that the “center court will seat 5,000 to 10,000 people, while five others will hold 500 to 1,000 fans.” But Smith notes while it “seems a done deal, the AVP hasn't applied for or received permits from the city." Farias and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Chris Steinocher “declined to say which network will air the event until the AVP makes its official announcement in coming weeks” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 5/2).