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By ARU Media Unit
Skilled Park on the Gold Coast is set to light up in mid-October when Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch returns to one of Australia’s most vibrant cities.
After making its debut on a Friday and Saturday in November last year Australian Rugby Union today announced the two-day tournament will move to Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October in 2012.
The tournament will also act as the opening round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.
ARU Managing Director and CEO, John O’Neill AO, said excitement was already starting to build for the second instalment of Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch.
“Last year’s inaugural tournament provided a great platform for growth in the second year,” Mr O’Neill said.
“Since the final whistle blew last year we’ve had a number of people asking us when Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch will be held in 2012.
“After working closely with the iRB and Queensland Government, through Events Queensland, we can confirm the dates for the 2012 tournament will be Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October.
“I am also pleased to be able to confirm that the cost of a ticket to this world class international event will be frozen at last year’s prices.
“We wanted to reward those who came last year and provide even more people with an incentive to come along and enjoy the excitement of Rugby Sevens this year.
“When tickets go on sale later in the year I am confident that our decision to freeze ticket prices will encourage more people to get along and enjoy both days of this fantastic event.”
Queensland Minister Tourism and Major Events, Jann Stuckey, welcomed the event back to the Gold Coast for its second year.
“Last year’s event attracted more than 25,000 people, injecting millions into the local economy – with 2012 Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch set to be bigger and better this October,” said Ms Stuckey.
“Broadcast to more than 140 countries with an estimated potential audience of more than 750 million, Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch showcases the Gold Coast to a global audience.
“That is why the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland, is investing in high quality international events like this as part of our plan to make Queensland Australia’s number one tourist destination.”
The Qantas Men’s Sevens side will be looking to kick-off their 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series campaign on a winning note when the Australian round of the Series rolls around again in October.
Qantas Men’s Sevens Coach, Michael O’Connor said he was excited by the prospect of returning to the Gold Coast in October.
“We’ve still got two legs of this years’ series to go but there is no denying that returning to the Gold Coast to play in front of a home crowd is something that excites the team,” O’Connor said.
“The Gold Coast really embraced Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch last year and I know when it returns in October there’ll be even more people in the stands enjoying the excitement of Rugby Sevens.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to deliver the home crowd another tournament win and the Gold Coast Cup can sit beside our most recent acquisition, the Tokyo Cup.”
Qantas Men’s Sevens flyer, Shannon Walker, said he was looking forward to playing at Skilled Park after missing out last year.
“I was really disappointed to miss out in the inaugural year of the tournament because of injury, but after enjoying some time on the park in Hong Kong and then Tokyo I am itching to play at the Gold Coast,” Walker said.
“Now that I’ve got a taste of international Rugby Sevens on probably one of the biggest stages in the world, Hong Kong, I am really keen to be able to step out in front of a home crowd in October.
“The atmosphere over in Hong Kong was just amazing, but I think the Gold Coast can match that atmosphere, if not better it.
“One of the things the Gold Coast is known for is its energy and I encourage everyone to get out and support us in October and enjoy two days of exciting international Rugby Sevens action.”
Gold Coast Acting Mayor Daphne McDonald said Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch was a fantastic international event for the city.
"The Gold Coast has a growing reputation as a major international events city and the Sevens has a wonderful carnival atmosphere that appeals to all ages," said Cr McDonald.
"Council, together with Events Queensland, is a proud supporter of the Sevens and this year's event promises to be even bigger than last year.
"I encourage the whole community to support this event which showcases the Gold Coast to a global audience."
Information about on sale dates for tickets to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch 2012 will be announced in the coming weeks. More information around Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch can be found at www.goldcoastfeverpitch.com.au
Ticket prices to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch 2012, which have been frozen at 2011 prices, can be found below.
Two Day Passes:
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.
Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch is proudly brought to the Gold Coast through a partnership between ARU, the Queensland Government through Events Queensland and Gold Coast City Council.