30,000+ fans to welcome kick off of first Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens since 2019
[27 October 2022, Hong Kong]: The Hong Kong Rugby Union today announced the latest ticket sales and attendance figures one week out from the 2022 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens (4-6 Nov.), confirming that over 30,000 fans will be on hand to welcome the kick-off of the first Hong Kong Sevens since 2019.
This year’s theme is “Our HK7s” given the event’s focus on domestic audience in light of global travel restrictions. The tournament is delivering on that promise with more than 25,000 tickets purchased locally.
Nearly 8,500 of those tickets were snapped up in the last month alone with sales increasing as the reduction in quarantine and approval of food sales were confirmed. This adds to the 16,500 tickets purchased in the pre-sales period to Hong Kong’s rugby core: local clubs and stakeholders.
1,500 tickets remain for sale in the public ballot via the ticketing platform and will be sold while supplies last, including across the event weekend as necessary.
In addition, the Sevens will welcome over 6,000 schoolkids recruited with the help of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department from schools across the territory on Friday, 4 November.
The expected 30,000 plus fans on Friday will welcome the return of the first Hong Kong Sevens since the onset of the pandemic, and are within the venue’s reduced capacity limit of 85% (approximately 34,000) due to local health and safety measures.
The Hong Kong Rugby Union is also hosting over 1,000 members of local NGOs and charity groups on Saturday and Sunday, including the partners and beneficiaries of the HKRU Community Foundation.
HKRU Chief Executive Robbie McRobbie was thankful for the overwhelming support from the Hong Kong market.
“We are thrilled to have 25,000 paid spectators for what is the first mass-event in Hong Kong since the pandemic, and are hopeful of selling out the remaining few tickets by kick-off.
“With music, food and drink, and some of the fastest rugby on earth in store, it seems that Hong Kong is ready for the Sevens to return, and we are most definitely ready to bring it back,” he said.
Mr McRobbie addressed the impact of the lingering travel uncertainty on the event’s international demand saying, “The welcome relaxation in local quarantine policies does seem to have come a bit late for our primary overseas audience, typically long haul visitors from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and North America, at least for November. “We are however very encouraged by the amount of messages we are receiving from long-time visitors and overseas travel partners about returning in April,” said Mr McRobbie.
“For now, we are fully embracing November as a chance to show the world once again that the Hong Kong Sevens is up and running, and to offer an important opportunity for our community in Hong Kong to reunite for a bit of stress relief and enjoyment,” said McRobbie.
Remaining tickets can be purchased via the official Hong Kong Rugby Union ticketing platform: www.tickets.hkrugby.com. All tickets are sold on a first come first served basis.
For more information on the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens please visit: www.hksevens.com.
Information and Photo Source : Elite Step Asia Limited / Hong Kong Rugby Union
[2022年10月27日，香港]: 「國泰航空/滙豐香港國際七人欖球賽」 尚有一週便正式開鑼，香港欖球總會（欖總）今日公佈最新門票銷售數字和預計入場人數，確定將有逾30,000 名球迷入場參與自2019年以來的首個「香港國際七人欖球賽」。
因應本地健康及安全考量因素，球場容納人數減至85% (約34,000人) 。預計週五將有逾30,000名球迷入場見証自疫情大流行以來的首個「香港國際七人欖球賽」開鑼。
資料及相片來源 : Elite Step Asia Limited / Hong Kong Rugby Union