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Ocean City Hosts the AVP Crocs Tour

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

The AVP Crocs Volleyball Tour is coming to Ocean City June 18th to June 21st. The tour will take place at 5 Somerset Street in Downtown Ocean City and tickets are available online or onsite the day of the event.
Youth tickets are $5, general admission is $10, and courtside tickets are $25. On Friday, free admission is awarded simply by presenting a Gatorade bottle or label at the ticket booth. There are ticket packages available including a Father’s Day special, buy one general admission ticket and get one free. Also, for those volleyball fanatics, there is an all session pass that grants admission for the entire weekend. These tickets are $15 for general admission and $40 for courtside.
Thursday, June 18th is the men’s and women’s qualifier competition and the games begin at 8am. Friday, June 19th is the men’s and women’s main draw competition, which starts at 9am. Saturday, June 20th is also the men’s and women’s main draw competition, only it begins at 10:30. Finally, on Sunday is the men’s and women’s main draw competition at 9am, followed by finals at 2pm and 3:30pm. The gates will open each day an hour before the games begin and games will be played throughout the entire day.
There are some players to watch for in the upcoming AVP Tour. Barbra Fontana, a veteran of the tour, is no stranger to Maryland and will certainly be fighting for the title here in Ocean City. In Houston, Jen Kessy and April Ross took their first domestic title as a team, defeating the number one seed, Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs. On the men’s side, the eighth seeded team, Anthony Medel and Hans Stolfus shocked fans as they advanced to the semifinals in Houston. However, coming out on top was Houston Open champions Phil Dalhauser and his partner, Todd Rogers.
The AVP Tour is a popular sporting event that receives a lot of media coverage, which will bring exposure to the town of Ocean City. AVP Pro Beach Volleyball has media agreements with Universal Sports, Comcast, NBC Sports, Fox Sports Network and VERSUS. AVP Volleyball receives about 120 hours of broadcasting, which reaches approximately 35 million viewers. Ocean City’s exposure will expand to different locations because Comcast’s regional sports networks in cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, etc.
Beach volleyball is rapidly increasing in popularity. After becoming an Olympic sport in 1996, volleyball has continued to develop. The Tour is currently in Atlanta, where there is a sold out attendance. Being known as one of the greatest beach resorts on the east coast, Ocean City is sure to have a high attendance rate for the AVP Crocs Tour.

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