The inaugural Pro Volleyball League will kick off with the first leg in Kochi on 2 February, while the final will be held in Chennai on 22 February, the organisers announced on Thursday.
The match schedule and ticket sales were launched at a ceremony on the sidelines of the finals of the 67th National Championships at the Nehru indoor stadium.
Kochi Blue Spikers will take on U Mumba Volley in the first match of the league, which would see six teams fighting for the title. A total of 18 matches would be played in two legs to be held in — Kochi and Chennai.
The first 12 matches will take place in Kochi while the remaining six matches, including the two semi-finals and the final, would be held in Chennai.
Joy Bhattacharjya, CEO, Pro Volleyball League and VFI Secretary-General, Ramavtar Singh Jakhar unveiled the match schedule of the tournament.
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Jakhar presented the first ticket of the tournament to former volleyball players Suresh Mishra, G Sridharan, Dalel Singh and Amir Singh.
The tickets have been priced at Rs 300, while season passes will be made available at a 30 per cent discount. Jakhar said, “I feel elated with the fact that our long term dream of executing India’s first professional volleyball league, is finally taking form.”
“The ticket prices have been framed in a way to ensure a maximum number of fans make their way to the stadium as the yardstick to measure a leagues success is only by the reception it gets from the fans. As far as the fixtures go, we have kept only one match a day so there’s not much pressure on the teams and there is enough recovery time between matches,” said Pro Volleyball CEO Joy Bhattacharjya.
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The six franchises taking part in the first edition of PVL are Ahmedabad Defenders, Calicut Heroes, Chennai Spartans, U Mumba Volley, Black Hawks and Kochi Blue Spikers.
All the matches will be broadcast live on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3 and will be streamed live on Sony LIV. The PVL is an initiative of Baseline Ventures and Volleyball Federation of India.
A brief background on Pro-Volleyball League 2019
An initiative of Baseline Ventures India Pvt. Ltd and Volleyball Federation of India, Pro Volleyball League aims to transform the sporting landscape of the country by elevating the world’s fifth most popular sport to the league in the coming times. Packaged in the brightest of colours, the first edition of the highly anticipated tournament is set to provide high octane Volleyball action to fans of the sport across the country in the month of February 2019.
The match schedule for Pro-Kabaddi League 2019 is as follows:
Kochi (Rajiv Gandhi Stadium): Feb 2 – Kochi Blue Spikers Vs U Mumba Volley; Feb 3 – Calicut Heroes Vs Chennai Spartans; Feb 4 – Ahmedabad Defenders Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad; Feb 5 – Calicut Heroes Vs U Mumba Volley; Feb 6 – Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Ahmedabad Defenders; Feb 7 – Chennai Spartans Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad; Feb 8 – Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad; Feb 9 – Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Calicut Heroes; Feb 10 – Calicut Heroes Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad; Feb 11 – Kochi Blue Spikers Vs Chennai; Feb 12 – U Mumba Volley Vs Blackhawks Hyderabad; Feb 13 – Calicut Heroes Vs Ahmedabad Defenders.
Chennai (Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium): Feb 16 – Chennai Spartans Vs U Mumba Volley; Feb 17 – Chennai Spartans Vs Ahmedabad Defenders; Feb 18 – U Mumba Volley Vs Ahmedabad Defenders; Feb 19 – Semi-final 1; Feb 20 – Semi-final 2. Feb 22 – Final.
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