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By ARU Media Unit
The Australian Rugby Union today announced a range of attractive ticket prices and packages for the inaugural Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament in November at Skilled Park.
The two-day event, which will kick off the 2011-2012 HSBC Sevens World Series, is set to entertain, thrill and excite on and off the field.
Tickets, which go on sale to the public on Tuesday 18 October through Ticketek, start at just $39 for a Day One Adult pass, while a family of four (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) can pick up a two-day pass for just $158, which is less than $20 per person per day.
ARU Managing Director and CEO, John O’Neill, said ticket prices across the two-day inaugural Gold Coast event were great value and should generate quick sales when they went on sale in October.
“The inaugural Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament is going to be an exciting weekend of Rugby and to ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy the two-day international event we’re providing a great range of attractive ticket packages and prices,” Mr O’Neill said.
“These ticket prices represent great value and combined with some of the announcements will be making over the next few months around the additional entertainment that will be on offer at Fever Pitch I have no doubt tickets will be snapped up quickly when they go on sale in October.
“The Gold Coast is known around the world as a city of excitement and fun and that is exactly the atmosphere we will be creating for Fever Pitch.
“We know events like Dubai, Hong Kong and Wellington all put on a show that attracts people from around the world and with what we are planning, combined with these attractive ticket prices, I am confident fans from around the world will take the opportunity to come to the Gold Coast and enjoy the first leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.”
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the event would deliver a major boost to the Gold Coast tourism industry and encouraged visitors and locals to get behind the event and enjoy what was going to be an exciting two-days of international Rugby.
“With events like this – and our continuing bid to host the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 - Queensland is cementing its status as a major sporting events hub which is event ready in every way, “Ms Bligh said today.
The Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament will be the second international Rugby event hosted at Skilled Park, with the Australian Barbarians set to take on Canada on Friday 26 August.
Ms Bligh said the State Government, through Events Queensland, was working closely with Australian Rugby to deliver more international Rugby matches and events to the State.
“Exciting things are happening with Rugby in Queensland,” Ms Bligh said.
“We know Queenslanders love their Rugby, which is why we have been working closely with Australian Rugby to deliver international events like the Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch Tournament and the Australian Barbarians v Canada match.
“We also recently announced a new 10-year deal with Australian Rugby, which, starting next year, will see Brisbane host a Bledisloe Cup Test in alternate years as well as a Qantas Wallabies Test against South Africa in the years when the All Blacks are not playing in Brisbane.
“Brisbane will also host the opening Test of the European heavyweights tour each June, which, in 2012, will be against Wales - and one of the three Tests against the British and Irish Lions in 2013. On the Gold Coast, Skilled Park will host a Test against Argentina as part of the expanded Castrol Edge Tri Nations as well as two other Tests over the life of the agreement.
“Queensland is well and truly cementing its status as the nation’s true Rugby heartland - and that’s great news for Rugby fans as well as our tourism industry and the local jobs and local businesses that are part of it.”
Tickets to the Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch Tournament will go on sale to the public at 9am on Tuesday 18 October through the ticketek website – www.ticketek.com.au, a full list of ticket prices for the two-day event is below.
Gold Coast Sevens - Fever Pitch 2011 - Ticket Prices
Two Day Packages:
Reserved – Adult $119
Reserved – Concession $79
Reserved – Family* $238
General Admission – Adult $79
General Admission – Concession $49
General Admission – Family* $158
Day 1 Only:
Reserved – Adult $59
Reserved – Concession $39
Reserved – Family* $118
General Admission – Adult $39
General Admission – Concession $25
General Admission – Family* $78
Day 2 Only:
Reserved – Adult $69
Reserved – Concession $45
Reserved – Family* $138
General Admission – Adult $49
General Admission – Concession $30
General Admission – Family* $98
*A family is considered to be either 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.
Qantas Australian Sevens player Shannon Walker will play his first tournament in over a year when he lines up for the National Indigenous side at this weekend’s National Sevens Championships in Narrabeen, Sydney.