Host Cities and Venues


Finals and Preliminary Round Group 2


Finals - Host City and Venue

Host country: Bulgaria

After winning the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Group 3 Finals in 2014, Bulgaria have built on that success in recent years. They first joined the World Grand Prix in 2013 and ended up in ninth place, then they finished second in the Preliminary Round of Group 3 in 2014, before their home victories against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in Samokov saw them win promotion for the 2015 edition. Last year, Bulgaria finished fifth out of eight teams in Group 2.

Bulgaria have been a consistent podium finisher in the European Volleyball League with bronze medals in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and silver medals in 2010 and 2012. Bulgaria’s greatest successes came over three decades ago when they took the bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and the gold medal at the 1981 European Championship.

Host City: Varna

Varna, dubbed the seaside capital of Bulgaria, has hosted matches of the World League Intercontinental Round in 2011, 2013 and 2014 as well as the World League Group 2 Finals in 2015, but this will be the first time the World Grand Prix will be played in the city. In 2013 the home crowd at the completely sold-out Palace of Culture and Sports got a rare chance to support both the women’s and the men’s national teams of Bulgaria in action, when Varna hosted the Final Four tournament of the 2013 CEV Volleyball European League - Women as well as an FIVB World League double header between Bulgaria and Poland. The country’s third largest city also hosted the 2013 CEV U22 Beach Volleyball European Championship.

Venue: Palace of Culture and Sport

The Palace of Culture and Sports is a multifunctional complex located in the heart of Varna. It is one of the symbols of the city and over the years has hosted many cultural and sporting events. The building was completed in 1968 and has a capacity of 5,500.

Preliminary Round - Host Cities and Venues

 Country City Competition Hall Capacity
 Preliminary Round
Week 1 - 3-5 June 2016
 Argentina Tucuman Pedro Parra (Club sportivo Floresta)  -
 Poland  Zielona Gòra
Hala Sportowo-Widowiskowa
 Week 2 - 10-12 June 2016
Czech Republic Olomouc Sport Hall Up Olomouc 1'900
Poland Wloclawek
Osir Wloclawek 3'500
 Final Round
18-19 June 2016
Bulgaria Varna Palace of Culture and Sport 5'500

 Country City Competition Hall Capacity
 Week 1 - 10-12 June 2016
 China Ningbo Beilun Sports and Arts Centre
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Carioca Arena 16'000
 Russia Kaliningrad  DS Yantarny 7'000
 Week 2 - 17-19 June 2016
 Macao Macao Macao Forum 4'054
 USA Long Beach Walter Pyramid 5'000
 Italy Bari Pala Florio 5'000
 Week 3 - 24-26 June 2016
 Turkey Ankara Baskent Volleyball Hall 7'600
 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Coliseum 12'500
 Japan Kyoto Shimadzu Arena Kyoto 6'500
6-10 July, 2016
 Thailand Bangkok Indoor Stadium Huamark 13'000


All the News