The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series as part of the FIVB World Tour will start its 2015 calendar with the first stop in Poreč, Croatia, where the 32 of the world’s best men and women Beach Volleyball teams will gather from June 2-7 to provide Peškera bay with a unique sports and entertainment event.
Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series is part of the FIVB World Tour, which acts as the second part of qualifications for Summer Olympics 2016. Apart from highest profile players and teams, $800.000 prize-money per tournament, unique interaction between players and the audience and unparalleled energy, the series offers a unique entertainment whiff which promises truly outstanding events within the series. Poreč Major is the first of four tournaments, followed by Stavanger Major, Gstaad Major, and ending with an absolute season highlight – the Swatch Season Final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Fort Lauderdale, USA.
“Everyone asks me why I chose Poreč for this tournament. If you take a look, you’ll see it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This unique location, right at the seaside will be the perfect setting for the tournament which is more than just a sport, it’s a culture. Here on Peškera bay we’re setting up a Central Court with the capacity for 5000 people, with five additional side courts. I’d like to thank the City of Poreč, the Croatian Tourist Board, our partners Valamar and Laguna Poreč, and of course our title sponsor Swatch for being the invaluable support.” said Hannes Jagerhofer, CEO of the Beach Major Company.
“This is a huge chance for Croatia to show its Volleyball on the global scene. This is the right moment for Croatian players and Volleyball in general to step forward and start its journey towards the Olympics.”said President of the Croatian Volleyball Federation Zdeslav Barač.
Croatian Minister of Tourism Darko Lorencin expressed what this tournament means for Croatia’s promotion on the global level.
“I’m proud that Croatia is hosting more and more global events. This tournament will definitely be a refreshment, and this is the perfect chance for Poreč to send the picture of its beauty into the world. The more global the event is, the more it contributes to the promotion of the country,” said Lorencin.