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Ft. Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals | 29 September - 4 October 2015

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World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale: Saving the best for last




Lausanne, Switzerland, October 6, 2015 – As the curtain came down on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals on Sunday, it was clear that the final tournament of the 2015 beach volleyball season has set the standard high for future international beach volleyball events. 

With a stadium of 4,000 people packed to maximum capacity for the semifinals and finals matches, fans were treated to a premier sporting experience as the world’s best beach volleyball teams took to the courts to play for the largest prize money in international beach volleyball history. Even the soaring temperatures could not keep people away from the party atmosphere which included music, food, drinks, dancing and an interactive vendor village experience.  

Spider cam

Of note was the technology employed at the event, which took the fan experience to a never before seen level at an international beach volleyball tournament.  

The 19 cameras on site, included high-speed cameras which provide ultra slow motion replays for viewers. New virtual graphics were overlaid onto the event’s world live feed, which provided information on the temperature, humidity, wind speed and wind direction. There were also dedicated graphics that gave fans more detail on the jump height of athletes going in for a spike or a block.  

The tournament also saw the use of the cable cam which provided fantastic bird’s eye views of the venue, its surroundings and the spectators in attendance adding a unique perspective to the viewer experience. 

Spider cam

There were also 18 television broadcast cameras and 12 high-resolution Hawkeye cameras for the Challenge SystemFollowing tests at the FIVB World Tour Rio Open in September 2015, the system was used for the first time at an FIVB Major Series event. The new challenge system covers five possible scenarios: 1) whether a shot is on or out; 2) whether a player or ball hit the antenna on the net; 3) whether or not a player touched the net; 4) whether or not a player touched the ball (also to determine four contacts on a play); 5) and foot faults.

“The SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals showed the level of investment needed to take beach volleyball to the next level,” said FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° who unveiled the organisation’s 9 Goals in Fort Lauderdale. The goals are a blue print for the FIVB to help it achieve its vision of becoming the number one family entertainment sport in the world.

“Two of our goals are to give FIVB events worldwide coverage and to widen our TV audience for volleyball. Our promoters, the Beach Majors Company, showed us just how this could be done,” said the President. 

While the final men’s and women’s matches were taken across the country through live broadcasts by NBC,  more than 10 hours of live beach volleyball action was shown on Universal Sports network beginning Friday, Oct. 2.

The United States saw three beach volleyball events during the 2015 season in Long Beach, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale. While it is first-time that three events have been held in the USA in the same season, the country has shown that this season has only set the stage to host more world class tournaments in the years to come. 


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