The Australian Rugby Union is set to raise the “house full” sign at Allianz Stadium for the inaugural HSBC Sydney 7s on the weekend of February 6-7.
The weekend festival of Rugby has attracted an unprecedented response from fans, with all reserved and general admission seating being snapped up nine days out from the tournament. A range of hospitality packages are still available for fans still wanting a slice of the action.
ARU CEO Bill Pulver said: “The response from fans to the first ever HSBC Sydney 7s has been extraordinary and as it stands we have no reserved and general admission seating remaining. There are still hospitality options available and we encourage anyone still interested in being part of the action to contact the Australian Rugby office.
“For those who have purchased tickets and haven’t attended an HSBC Sevens World Series event before, they are in for an experience which is truly like no other with the mix of world class Rugby and entertainment.
“The stage is set for the biggest weekend of Rugby that Sydney has ever witnessed.”
The event was secured for Sydney by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with the ARU.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said he expected to see thousands of visitors heading to Sydney for the event.
“NSW is Australia’s sporting and major events capital with Sydney set for a huge weekend of Sevens, with visitors from around Australia and the world in attendance. This will have a massive impact on the NSW economy, with hotels, restaurants and shops filling up with Rugby fans, and a large TV audience that will see Sydney at its very best.”
The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team will square off with the best nations in the world in the explosive Sevens format in the fourth event of the 2015/16 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Global Rugby stars such as Henry Speight and Quade Cooper (Australia), Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand), rugby’s fastest man Carlin Isles (USA) and Fijian wizard Pio Tuwai are just a few of the names that will be on show in the two-day blockbuster tournament.
The world number one Qantas Australian Women’s Sevens team will share the stage with their Aussie male counterparts, taking on Ireland in a three-match series across the two days.
HSBC World Series events are known for their party atmosphere and fans are encouraged to dress up and “Go Global” to bring the Sydney tournament its own unique colour and flavor to rival renowned Sevens events such as Hong Kong and London.
The crowd at Allianz Stadium will also will be revved up by headline music acts including hit-making pop duo The Veronicas and the iconic Hoodoo Gurus.
As well as the action inside the ground, Rugby will feature throughout the Stadium precinct over the Sydney 7s weekend.
Eight Sydney clubs will battle it out for a total prize pool of $10,000 in the Sydney Club 7s being played on Kippax Oval on the Saturday, with the final to be contested on Allianz Stadium.
Kids can take part in skills clinics on the hallowed turf of the SCG, while the Stadium precinct will be transformed into an entertainment zone buzzing with live music and activities for the whole family.
The inaugural HSBC Sydney 7s will also be screened LIVE in High Definition on FOX SPORTS (channel 502), with opening day coverage from 10.30am AEDT on Saturday 6 February and final day coverage from 9.00am AEDT on Sunday 7 February.
Rugby Sevens will make its Olympic Games debut in 2016, where Australia’s Men’s and Women’s teams will go for Gold in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in August.
For information on upgraded catered seats and other hospitality options for the HSBC Sydney 7s, fans are urged to contact Brad Samowitz at the Australian Rugby office on (02) 8005 5574.
Note: There will be no further release of tickets for general public purchase for the HSBC Sydney 7s. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the gate on match days.