Capital Region’s premier shopping and dining destination supports all-women’s sports and entertainment festival being held at Times Union Center

ALBANY, NY; – Stuyvesant Plaza, the Capital Region’s premier lifestyle shopping and dining destination for 60 years, has been named the official sponsor of the beach volleyball competition at the inaugural Aurora Games, a six-sport, all-women’s international sports and entertainment festival being held August 20-25 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY.

The beach volleyball matchups, presented by Stuyvesant Plaza, will take place on Sunday, August 25 at 11 a.m. Tons of sand will be hauled into the downtown arena to build a temporary court and provide fans with an indoor beach party atmosphere.

The matches will feature four of the world’s top ranked teams in a straight knockout format that will close the six-day event.

Representing Team Americas will be April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States, the world’s number one ranked team in the latest Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) world rankings.

Team Americas will also feature Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Canada, currently ranked second in the global standings. The Canadian pair defeated Ross and Klineman last month in the finals of the 2019 World Championship.

Team World will be represented by Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) and Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli (Switzerland).

“We are thrilled to partner with one of the Capital Region’s landmark institutions,” said Aurora Games Executive Producer Jerry Solomon. “Fans of beach volleyball in Albany will be treated to some of the world’s greatest players, and we thank Stuyvesant Plaza for helping to make this possible.”

As the official shopping center of the Aurora Games, Stuyvesant Plaza will host a series of ticket giveaways for the beach volleyball and tennis sessions. Fans can learn more about how to win tickets by following Stuyvesant Plaza on Facebook.

“Stuyvesant Plaza is proud to support the Aurora Games and its mission to bring some of the world’s best women athletes to Albany,” said Janet Kaplan, vice president of real estate for Stuyvesant Plaza. “As we celebrate our 60th anniversary, Stuyvesant Plaza is excited to be part of the Aurora Games, especially the beach volleyball competition, and we’re offering Capital Region residents multiple opportunities to win tickets to what are sure to be some of the most thrilling matches of the entire event.”

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Stuyvesant Plaza, which first opened its doors in November 1959. The outdoor lifestyle shopping center is today home to 60 shops, boutiques and eateries, including nationally-recognized retailers and restaurants.

Approximately 150 world-class athletes, including Olympic medalists and national champions from around the globe, are set to compete in the Aurora Games at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany. In addition to beach volleyball, the event will feature competition in women’s tennis, gymnastics, basketball, figure skating and ice hockey, along with a table tennis exhibition at the Albany Capital Center.

Individual session tickets for the Aurora Games are on-sale now at Tickets start at just $15 and include access to the Aurora Games Fan Zone featuring music, athlete meet and greets, food and entertainment. Children may qualify for half-price tickets based on seating selection.

For up-to-date information about the Aurora Games, visit or follow the Games on Twitter @AuroraGamesFest.

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