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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Government today began the Seven week countdown to the Inaugural Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament at Skilled Park on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November.
With planning for the inaugural event in full swing members of the public are being urged to get in early when tickets go on sale at 9am on Tuesday 18 October to ensure they don’t miss out on international Rugby Sevens at its best.
The Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament is set to excite and thrill on and off the field with DJs, un-fashionables on the field, live music, a range of food and drink stalls and plenty more for the whole family.
ARU Managing Director and CEO, John O’Neill AO, said with just seven weeks to go excitement was building ahead of the inaugural Fever Pitch event.
“While the world’s attention is focussed on the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the team at ARU are working closely with the Queensland Government through Events Queensland to put together a fantastic tournament,” Mr O’Neill said.
“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, with our own version of the Seven’s famous fancy dress – un-fashionables on the field – and more.
“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, I am confident fans from across the globe 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 Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch is sure to attract impressive crowds considering Queensland’s strong Rugby following.
“Queenslanders love their Rugby and hosting an international event of this calibre is sure to excite local and interstate fans – further cementing Queensland as Australia’s true Rugby Heartland,” said Premier Bligh.
“With the 2018 Commonwealth Games Bid Decision a little over a month away, events like Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch further supports our bid effort, showcasing the first-class sporting infrastructure we have on the Gold Coast, particularly as Rugby Sevens is a Commonwealth Games sport.
“I encourage Rugby fans heading to the Gold Coast for the event to make the most of it and join in the Festival of Rugby, a 10-day celebration turning the Gold Coast into ‘Rugby Central’ in the lead up to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch.
“Events like this attract visitors from interstate and overseas, delivering an economic boost for the Queensland tourism industry and the local community. What’s more it will position the Gold Coast and Queensland front and centre on the world stage.
“That is why the Queensland Government is investing in the Festival of Rugby and Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch through Events Queensland as part of our record investment in major events over the next four years.”
Tickets to the inaugural Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch event go on sale at 9am Tuesday, 18 October via 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.
The inaugural Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch tournament is proudly brought to the Gold Coast through a partnership between ARU and the Queensland Government through Events Queensland.
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