One of the biggest sporting events in Pensacola annually, takes place the weekend of March 16 - 17. The West Florida WAVEFEST is a two-day youth indoor volleyball tournament held at several locations in the Pensacola area.
WAVEFEST 2018 had 153 teams participating with130 traveling from out of town. The tournament was one of the largest in it's 21 year history.
Founded in 1997, known as Lizardfest, the tournament has grown to be one of the premier youth girls travel volleyball tournaments in the South. Hosted and managed by the West Florida Waves, formerly the Volleyball Pensacola Leaping Lizards, the tournament is an opportunity for teams to experience competition from far and wide.
“We are thrilled to have this event in Pensacola,” said Ray Palmer, Pensacola Sports Association’s Executive Director. “From our surveys and research, we know a lot of people travel to this tournament; a lot of hotel rooms are reserved. The feedback from parents and coaches is always very positive of the area, facilities, and tournament organizers.”
In total, more than 3,000 people will be in Pensacola for the tournament, staying in hotels, eating in area restaurants, and shopping at local stores resulting in over $1,000,000 in direct spending in the Pensacola area. Many teams plan their Spring Break around WAVEFEST, leading to an increased love and appreciation for our Gulf Coast.
An update for those bringing 15s and 16s teams:
We will combine play for the 15s Club/Power divisions and the 16s Club/Power divisions as there were only 3 power teams registered so far in both. Please look for further information in the upcoming weeks as we look forward to having you all at Wavefest.
Wavefest is March 16-17
Thanks for coming and we are looking forward to some great competition.
Entry Fee: $425
Register and Pay Online or
Make Checks Payable to:
West Florida Waves Volleyball Club
Mail Check to:
1306 Mazurek Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32514
Please note there is a Gulf Coast Region policy to charge admission at all Gulf Coast Region events for 2019. Admission is $5 per adult for this two day event.
Wavefest is proud to be supported by Pensacola Sports:
Pensacola Sports advocates for growing the health and vitality of Pensacola’s citizens and economy through education, inspiration, and participation in a diverse range of amateur, professional, individual, and team sports-related activities and events. These efforts contribute to the quality of life in our community.
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