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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Rugby Union today announced Rugby fans could secure their tickets to the highly anticipated Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch 2012 through Ticketek on Monday 16 July.
After making its debut on a Friday and Saturday in November last year the two-day tournament will move to Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October in 2012 and 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 last year’s inaugural event, which attracted a healthy crowd, provided the Gold Coast with a taste of the fast, fun and exciting nature of Rugby Sevens.
“Last year the inaugural tournament lit up the Gold Coast and gave fans a taste of what is to come,” Mr O’Neill said.
“Now that people have seen and experienced Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch they’ll have a strong appetite for more when it lights up the vibrant city of the Gold Coast again in October.
“The feedback we received from fans last year was that they would tell their friends about Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch and would themselves come back, so we expect there to be a strong demand for tickets when they go on sale on Monday 16 July.”
Earlier this year ARU announced it would freeze ticket prices from 2011 as a reward for those who attended Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch last year.
The decision to freeze ticket prices will also provide an incentive for those who want to attend the 2012 event with a two-day Adult pass starting from just $79 representing excellent value.
With 45 matches scheduled across the Saturday and Sunday the $79 Adult pass equates to around $1.75 a game.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, said the Newman Government is pleased to support events like Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch which are forecast to inject millions into the local economy.
“Events like this play a vital role in our plan to kick-start our economy and make Queensland Australia’s number one tourist destination,” Ms Stuckey said.
“More than 25,000 people attended the event in its inaugural year – with 2012 sure to be bigger and better.
“I strongly encourage Rugby fans to get along to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch for what is set to be another great event on the Gold Coast.”
Gold Coast City Councillor, Bob La Castra said Gold Coast City Council is also proud to be a part of the proven, popular and explosive event.
“On the back of the tremendous support of the many Gold Coast fans, who enjoyed the remarkable spectacle of international Rugby Sevens in 2011, this event will continue to go from strength to strength,” Mr La Castra said.
Tickets to Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch 2012 will go on sale through www.ticketek.com.au at 9am on Monday 16 July.
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
Reserved – Adult $59
Reserved – Concession $39
Reserved – Family* $118
General Admission – Adult $39
General Admission – Concession $25
General Admission – Family* $78
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.
Tom Kingston was nearly a Sevens player five years ago, just as he entered the professional rugby ranks.