The Hague is known as the International City of Peace and Justice, but is also a hub for sport and culture. The Hague is the Host City of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015. The world’s top beach volleyball athletes will be playing here at a floating stadium on the Hofvijver pond, in the very heart of the city.
The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands. It is home to Dutch monarch King Willem-Alexander and is often referred to as the International City of Justice and Peace, as it is home to the International Court of Justice based in the Peace Palace. The Hague is also the seat of Dutch government and welcomes a majority of the foreign embassies in the Netherlands, as well as 150 international organisations.
Inhabitants of the city enjoy a seaside location and an 11km beach, which also makes the The Hague a popular resort town. The new boulevard pavilions, restaurants and shopping facilities ensure the coast is busy year-round.
The Hague is extremely ambitious about organising world-class sporting events and has hosted major beach volleyball competitions in recent years. In 2013 and 2014, the city set the stage for Grand Slams on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. In 2014, The Hague hosted the Field Hockey World Championships, and it will also act as a 24-hour pit stop for the Volvo Ocean Race in June 2015.
International organisations: 150
The Hague will be the main venue of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015. It will host the opening match, semifinals and finals.
A temporary stadium, which will have the city’s parliament building as its backdrop, will be constructed for the duration of the World Championships - a unique floating stadium will be built on the Hofvijver pond. The stadium will be able to seat 5,500 spectators and is the largest of the four World Championship venues.