AVP Hoover Open
The inaugural AVP Hoover Open beach volleyball tournament was held at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on July 13-16, 2006. The three-day Crocs Tour tournament, presented by Coca-Cola's Vault beverages, was the first professional beach volleyball tournament to be held in Alabama. The competition finals were televised by Fox Sports Network. Birmingham's Bruno Event Team helped organize the tour event.
In preparation for the event, the Hoover Parks and Recreation Department constructed a 106' x 70' sand-filled platform in the stadium's infield, and laid out seven other sand courts in the parking lot, using more than 4,000 tons of sand. The main stage's structural design was the work of Rayford F. Smith of SSL&J Building.
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser stormed through the tournament without a loss, winning their fifth tile of the season against Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.
For the first time since the 2004 Chicago Open, Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh suffered a defeat and had to win the championship as a contender. Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan beat the duo in fourth round action. They faces third-seed Nicole Branagh and Holly McPeak in the finals, winning in two games 21-15, 21-12.
- Weissman, Jordan H. (July 10, 2006) "Beach comes to Hoover". Birmingham News.
- Zuvela, Matt (July 17, 2006) "Women's Recap: AVP Hoover Open presented by Vault." ACP News.
- Murray, Colleen (July 17, 2006) "Men's Recap: AVP Hoover Open presented by Vault." ACP News.
- AVP Hoover website