NFL-Style Skybox Is A VIP Way To Watch The Wimbledon Of Beach Volleyball
The Manhattan Beach Open sure has come a long way from its first event in 1960.
No longer are fans huddled around a couple of courts and then being asked to run to their cars and turn on the lights so the final matches can be played. Instead, there’s corporate sponsor tents on the sand, free samples of sponsor products being given out and even college football and NFL-style skyboxes.
The 2018 Manhattan Open takes place Aug. 16-19 on the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach CA.
The Club AVP Skydeck is a grandstand that soars above the beach and provides a bird’s eye view of the primary stadium court – where top matches are played, including the semifinals and finals of the women’s and men’s divisions – as well as a look at the outer courts.
Of course, just like in a football skybox, you may actually pay very little attention to the sports action because there’s enough other distractions to keep you occupied.
Besides people to meet and mingle with, Club AVP has samples of food from Manhattan Beach restaurants such as Lido, Darren’s and Shade Hotel’s Zinc Lounge, plus pizza and a new and tasty chicken parm slider from Fresh Bros.
There’s a bar and stations handing out samples of other alcoholic beverages, including a refreshing Zima-type beverage from Sam Adams and a creative coffee drink from Two Guns Espresso just up the beach in El Segundo.
There are lounge-style couches, tall tables and chairs positioned against a railing that looks down onto the main court. There is also a band. And a great view of the sunset as the sun drops behind the Manhattan Beach Pier.
Such a perch does not come cheap, of course. While the actual event is free – there’s no charge to walk onto the beach and there’s open first-come-first-serve GA seating in the stadium court – the Club AVP is $90 on Saturday and $140 on Sunday.
You only get two drink tickets for this price but can purchase beer, wine and cocktails from the cash bar.
So if you’ve got the money and want to be looking down on what is known as the “Wimbledon of Beach Volleyball,” here’s where to purchase Club AVP tickets: AVP.com,