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Stavanger Norway Grand Slam beach volleyball

For a week in June - July the FIVB World Tour beach volleyball event comes to Stavanger, for the Norway Grand Slam event.
Conoco Phillips is the main sponsor of the event, which brings people from all over the world - and hundreds of tons of beach sand to Vaagen - the main harbour in Stavanger, with volleyball courts all around the harbour, plus a stadium built each year for the event.

the main stadium with a cruise ship alongside
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down the funnel? In the first couple of years it was just the men that competed here, but now it is both men and women.
It brings a great atmosphere - and Stavanger is popular with the players - made even more special by the visits of large cruise ships in the harbour most days. It also has one of the biggest prize-money purses.

When: Monday 28 June - Sunday 4 July 2010
Where: Vaagen harbour in central Stavanger
Website: (norsk)

In the days before the beach volleyball tournament a ship arrives in town carrying sand, which is then placed half a metre deep around the harbour, where the courts (about 10 of them) will be.
In 2006 there was a barge in the harbour with 2 courts and a beach-bar - a nice addition.
It takes about three weeks to build the main stadium, which closes the road on the north side of the harbour.
Distance from Stavanger: 0 km

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a great stadium - built new each year
will it go over? The event is held around the main harbour, close to Gamle Stavanger and many other great places to visit in the area.

Kids Verdict: This is fun to watch for a while - especially with the music and atmosphere of the main stadium.

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on one of the outer courts
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