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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union has today announced ticket details for one of the biggest social events on the country’s sporting calendar – the Gold Coast Sevens. Tickets for the festival of Rugby are available for as little as $35 for concessions and $50 for general admissions and will go on sale to the public from 9am on Tuesday, 24 June.
The scene is set for two days (11-12 October) of adrenaline-filled, fast-paced, thrilling Rugby Sevens at Cbus Super Stadium. Featuring some of the most exciting athletes in the world and Australia’s biggest fancy dress party on the sun-drenched Gold Coast, the event is an occasion not to miss.
And while the fun-filled weekend will attract thousands of Australian fans cheering on their country, the Gold Coast Sevens traditionally attracts ex-pats from all 16 participating countries – from Fijians to the English, New Zealanders to Samoans and South Africans to the Welsh.
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Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey encouraged fans to secure a spot and start planning their trip to support their country, as teams from 16 nations converge in Queensland for the Australian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
“We are working hard to maximise visitor numbers to the State and achieve our goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“Events such as the Gold Coast Sevens not only contribute to that goal but also delivers economic and social benefits to regions across Queensland.”
This year, the Gold Coast Sevens takes on added significance with the tournament being the first ever time that a HSBC World Series event has been a part of the Olympic qualification process. Competing countries on the 2014/15 World Series circuit will be vying for a top four berth that will see them automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens captain Ed Jenkins, said: “The Gold Coast Sevens is the start of what is the most important season of our careers.
“A place at the Olympics is at stake and it is an event we want to be part of. Obviously we want to entertain our own Aussie fans, but we also love playing in front of big crowds too that not only like watching Sevens, but also enjoy a good time out with friends and family.”
Fans will also be given the opportunity to take advantage of a bundle offer to buy a single day ticket to the Gold Coast Sevens (General Admission) plus a ticket to the Test Match between the Qantas Wallabies and Argentina (Category B reserved seat) for as little as $74.
Tom Kingston was nearly a Sevens player five years ago, just as he entered the professional rugby ranks.