Hofburg Palace welcomes volleyball family for 2014 European Volleyball Gala
On Thursday afternoon, CEV President André Meyer joined representatives of the Austrian Volleyball Federation, headed by President Peter Kleinmann, for a visit of the “imperial” stage which will host the event. The Gala will be televised live on ORF Sport + and also streamed live and for free on LAOLA1.tv
The Gala as well as the drawing of lots will be held at the Radoutensaal, which is known internationally for hosting high-profile political meetings, including the summits organised by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Radoutensaal lies at the very heart of the huge complex known as Hofburg Palace, the winter residence of the Habsburg dynasty which ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire for more than four centuries. The Hofburg Palace is one of the highlights for anyone who goes on a sightseeing tour of the Austrian capital city and will welcome Europe’s volleyball family on Friday evening, thereby prolonging a tradition that has already lasted 18 years.
"I came here some months ago and was amazed by the stage we were offered for this year’s Gala," CEV President André Meyer said. "I would like to thank the Austrian Volleyball Federation as well as the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports for providing us with this prestigious venue, and know that on Friday volleyball and its stars will be the ones to shine.”
The Radoutensaal, whose walls are decorated with works by Austria’s abstract painter Josef Mikl, usually hosts political summits and international conferences, but in summer is open to the public. It also hosts a series of concerts, with one coming up on Thursday night. The layout of the room, however, will be transformed in less than 24 hours to host the 2014 European Volleyball Gala. Volleyball will replace Mozart on the stage and provide its fans with another night to remember. And surprises are just around the corner, so volleyball fans should stay tuned for a terrific show.
"Though we always have a good time here in Vienna, I believe that this year’s Gala will make history and mark a new milestone in the history of our volleyball family," CEV President André Meyer said. "Though I know that thousands of people all over Europe and also overseas are eagerly waiting for the drawing of lots, to know the names of their opponents in the group stage of the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League, much more will be on offer on Friday night."