Pro volleyball on the menu at June 5 St. Pete Chamber event

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce is honoring the city’s selection as a stop on the Association of Volleyball (AVP) 2013 Pro Beach Tour.

A VIP reception begins with meet and greets June 5 at 5:30p.m. at the Museum of History located downtown at 335 2nd Ave. N.E.

Known as the most recognized brand in professional volleyball, AVP has held professional tournaments for nearly 30 years. The annual pro tour features some of the best players in the world, as well as a few Olympic athletes. The waterfront of St. Petersburg will be the only East Coast stop on the tour, which begins August in Salt Lake City, then moves to Cincinnati. After arriving at Vinoy Park September 13-15, the tour continues to Santa Barbara and finishes up at Huntington Beach in October.

Guests at Wednesday’s meeting include AVP President Donald Sun, 2012 Olympic silver medalist April Ross, AVP Chairman Dick Carle and Mario Farias of the Farias Consulting Group. The Chamber is providing the Costa Mesa –based company an opportunity to discuss the Tour with city residents. Pipo’s Cuban Café will provide food and complimentary sangria.

Organizers believe the series of games will attract as many as 30,000 fans. To handle the crowds, AVP will create six temporary arenas at the park exclusively for the  event, each one built to “professional standards.” A center court will hold up to 10,000 people, and five side courts will hold as many as 1,000 spectators.

CBS Sports is televising the championship rounds live nationally. Preliminary rounds will stream online at

RSVPs for the VIP reception at Museum of History are suggested by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.

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