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AVP Pro Beach Volleyball at Mandalay Bay Sept. 17-19

The AVP Crocs Tour “Best of the Beach” tournament will return to The Strip following a one-year hiatus in what will be professional beach volleyball’s only stop in Las Vegas in 2009. The championship event will be held September 17-19 at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Lot.

Individual morning and evening session tickets, along with two- and three-day packages, are now on sale and available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at (877) 632-7400 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.avp.com.

Admission to all three of the morning sessions is free. General admission tickets for Thursday evening are priced at $10; $15 for Friday and Saturday. Courtside seating for Thursday night is $25; $30 for Friday and Saturday. Ticket packages include a two-day (Friday and Saturday evening) courtside pass for $50 and a general admission pass for $25. The three-day courtside pass is $65 while the general admission pass is $35.

The AVP Club seats are priced at $100 for all three evenings and there also is a $5 youth ticket available for all three nights. There are neither AVP Club nor Youth multi-day packages available. All tickets do not include applicable service charges.

The AVP Crocs Tour “Best of the Beach” event is the only time on the AVP schedule in which athletes compete as individuals as opposed to the traditional two-person teams. The best beach volleyball players in the United States will compete in a round-robin-style tournament to determine the “best of the beach.”

Some of the nation’s best who are expected to qualify for the event are two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, Beijing Olympians Elaine Youngs, Nicole Branagh, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, as well as AVP star and Las Vegas native Casey Jennings.

The tournament is scheduled to air live from 7-10 p.m. PST on Saturday, Sept. 19 on KTLA in Southern California. The event also is scheduled to re-air nationally Sunday, Sept. 27 on VERSUS from 1-3 p.m. PST.