The first of 2023’s three Gold Series events brought the heat, boasting triple-digit sand temperatures, play-disrupting lightning, and all the best teams in AVP pro beach volleyball. With more points and a bigger purse on the line, the 32 teams flew higher, hit harder, and groveled just a bit more for the title.
Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss were on a tear in ATL. Maybe they just love that stop – the heat reminds them of being back home in Louisiana. So many TKN fans made the drive to support them, and it’s the historical site of their first win as a team (and their first Main Draw as a team, too). They crushed everyone in their path, dropping zero sets and beating two of the top teams in the world (Melissa Humana-Paredes/Brandie Wilkerson and Sarah Sponcil/Terese Cannon. They defeated Melissa and Brandie twice, including a smoldering Finals scoreboard of 21-16, 21-12. (Photo Credit: A-Game Photography/Mpu Dinani)
Miles Partain and Andy Benesh earned their second win of the season, this time getting there undefeated. Their Final was interrupted by two lightning delays that lasted about 2 hours each, but when all was said and done (+6 hours!) Miles and Andy had won 21-13, 21-13. The 100 or so fans who waited out the storm in the covered parking garage were treated to literal courtside seats. Then Miles and Andy stayed for an extra hour, greeting every fan with hugs, pictures, and autographs until the sun set on the 2023 AVP Atlanta Gold Open. (Photo Credit: A-Game Photography/Mpu Dinani)
The AVP’s Gold Series 2023 kicks off in Atlanta from August 4-6 in the city that brought beach volleyball to the Olympics back in ’96. Since then, this peach of a city has become a host to our marquee Gold Series. Expect intense competition — including night sessions under the lights and AVP pros bringing the heat to earn the 1st Gold Series hardware of 2023 — hosted in Atlantic Station stadium, complete with world-class dining, shopping, unforgettable hospitality, and that ❤️ATL❤️ vibe.
221 20th Street
Atlanta, GA 30363
How do we bring pro beach volleyball – and a beach – to the City in a Forest, ATL? It starts with hauling 900 tons of sand into Atlantic Station. That’s 50 dump trucks worth. The loose, soft white sand comes from southeastern Georgia, which has the very best in the region for volleyball courts.
After the big haul, the big spread happens next, making our three beach courts at Atlantic Station. We distribute 300 tons of sand per court, at 16”-18” before the courts are “beachified” and ready for the tournament. Following the 2023 Atlanta Open our sand will be given to local beach volleyball programs to supplement their courts, and for other local uses.
Friday and Saturday night in Atlanta, join us for exciting competition under the lights, as the very best in beach volleyball play past the heat of the day into the evening, as they play through the bracket toward Sunday’s semi-finals and Championship matches. The party continues into the evening as the fans get louder, the play gets more intense, and the athletes are on fire —revving up the crowd, hungry for that energy to grind it out to the finish.
Athletic Brewing Company Special
Purchase of any ticket includes one (1) sample of an Athletic Brewing Company brew for one (1) person over 21 years of age. ID check required, while supplies last.
Get the deep dive on all things Atlanta by reading Kim Schuermann’s Atlanta Preview.