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2016-06-02 17:04:00 CET

The beach is brought to Hamburg!

Rothenbaum receives a very special order ahead of Majors opener

A sand castle now, a beach volleyball Center Court later on – the Rothenbaum Stadium in Hamburg. Credit: Swatch Major SeriesA sand castle now, a beach volleyball Center Court later on – the Rothenbaum Stadium in Hamburg. Credit: Swatch Major Series

Ever sat and wondered how a tennis stadium is transformed into a world-class beach volleyball arena?

No, we’re guessing you haven’t. But, wonder no more because on Wednesday the Rothenbaum Stadium in Hamburg received a very special, golden, delivery ahead of next week’s smart Major Hamburg: 1,800 tons of sand!

It was a busy day as Hamburg’s largest tennis stadium (which is 17th largest tennis arena in the world – there’s a fact to tell your friends over a coffee) underwent its makeover when 50 truckloads of sand was dumped onto the Rothenbaum’s grounds.

Frank Mackerodt (organizer) is all hands on transforming the tennis set up into a beach volleyball court. Photo Credit: Swatch Major SeriesFrank Mackerodt (organizer) is all hands on transforming the tennis set up into a beach volleyball court. Photo Credit: Swatch Major Series

As these pictures show, gone was the terracotta clay court which usually adorns the stadium’s playing surface and in its place was a mountain of beautiful, golden sand which will soon be spread evenly to ensure our superstars are able to dig and dive and serve and smile next week.

Apart from turning the place into a stunning sandbox fit for the game’s elite, the finishing touches were also being made behind-the-scenes, with grandstands erected on the outside courts and lounges and offices prepared as fans, players and the world’s media descend on Hamburg for the smart of the Major Series!

I think you’ll agree that it looks great – now where’s that time machine to jump forward to Tuesday? We can’t wait!

See you @ the beach, Hamburg!

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