Pro volleyball is coming to Coney Island beach this summer

The Brooklyn Paper


Get out your overly tight bikinis and your SPF 45 — Bruce Ratner is bringing professional beach volleyball to Coney Island.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, an affiliate of Ratner’s New Jersey Nets operation, has inked a deal with the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (the people who brought us the hottest Olympic sport since Greco-Roman wrestling) to build a temporary 4,000-seat stadium on the beach at Coney Island.

The hot and sweaty, two-on-two team tournaments will take place Aug. 17-20. It’s the AVP’s first beachhead in New York City.

More than 150 of top professionals in the “sport” will compete — and the event will be televised live on NBC.

That last detail was even more important to Coney Islanders than the skimpy bikinis.

“The TV coverage is going to help bring thousands of people to Coney Island,” said Community Board 13 District Manager Chuck Reichenthal, who predicted that the stadium plan would blitz through the review process like a Kerri Walsh spike.

And Brooklyn’s volleyball-fan-in-chief, Borough President Markowitz, was jumping for joy — not as high as Holly McPeak (but, then again, where was she during the transit strike?).

“Beach volleyball may have had its origins on the West Coast, but with an AVP tournament coming to Coney Island, the sport has hit the big time — Brooklyn,” Markowitz said.

For those who don’t want to pay to see the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue come to life, there will be plenty of preliminary contests on the beachfront flanking the stadium.

While many fans enjoy beach volleyball for less-than-sportsmanlike reasons, it’s important to remember that American women won the gold and the bronze medals at the 2004 Athens games..



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