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AVP Serves up the Volleyball Action

By Todd McClamroch in News on Aug 1, 2007 7:28PM

2007_08_01_AVPa.jpgThe Association of Volleyball Professionals return to the Chicago lakefront this week for the sponsorship-heavy McDonald's AVP Chicago Open by Nautica. Play begins tomorrow morning at 8 with the tournament qualifier matches, which are free for spectators. The main draw begins on Friday morning at 9. The competition runs on through the weekend with the Men's final slated for 3pm on Saturday and the Women's final at 3pm on Sunday. Both finals will also be broadcast on NBC.

The tournament is based at North Avenue Beach where a center court with stadium seating is erected with several satellite courts surrounding it. Last year Chicagoist enjoyed spending a day at the beach checking out the action. If you have never been to the AVP Tournament, Chicagoist suggests you check it out.

The general admission tickets ($20) gave us access to walk right up to the sides of the satellite courts for a great view of the matches. For $40 you can get access to the all the courts and courtside seating for the feature court. Tickets for the event and a full schedule can be found on the AVP website.