The Swatch Major Series will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style in February when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Not since the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals of 2015 has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but, from 7-12 February 2017, the world’s greatest players will gather to fight for the first Swatch Major Series title of the season.
It only seems like yesterday when Brazilians Larissa/Talita and Alison/Bruno scooped gold on this very beach in October 2015 – and now both teams will be out to make it back-to-back victories at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
The Swatch World Tour Finals a year ago was the first international tournament to be held in Fort Lauderdale and given its great success and packed capacity crowds it felt a no brainer to return to this beautiful part of the United States to kick-start another busy season of digging and diving on the sand.
The official hashtag of the tournament is #FTLMajor
Why Fort Lauderdale?
Beach volleyball got its start in the United States in the 1930s in California. The sport picked up as an organized event in the 1950s, and the Parks and Recreation tour brought its first tournament to the East Coast in 1982, in Clearwater, Florida.
Three 2016 Olympians grew up in the Florida area, namely: Nick Lucena, Phil Dalhausser and Brooke Sweat.
Known as the ‘Venice of America’, Fort Lauderdale is a beach volleyball-crazy hub of some 170,000 people, living in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area.
It’s famous for its coastline and canal system and sits on the east coast of Florida and 45km north of Miami.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach Park – where the tournament will be hosted – is one of the largest and most popular beaches in the surrounding area, and features many wonderful places to walk, cycle and play beach volleyball!