AUSTRALIAN Rugby Union has announced ticket details for one of the biggest social events on the country’s sporting calendar – the Gold Coast Sevens.
Tickets for the festival of Rugby will go on sale to the public from 9am on Tuesday, 24 June.
The scene is set for two days on the 11th and 12th of October of adrenaline-filled, fast-paced, thrilling Rugby Sevens at Cbus Super Stadium. Featuring some of the most exciting athletes in the world and Australia’s biggest fancy dress party on the sun-drenched Gold Coast, the event is an occasion not to miss.
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And while the fun-filled weekend will attract thousands of Australian fans cheering on their country, the Gold Coast Sevens traditionally attracts ex-pats from all 16 participating countries – from Fijians to the English, New Zealanders to Samoans and South Africans to the Welsh.
Qeensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey encouraged fans to secure a spot and start planning their trip to support their country, as teams from 16 nations converge in Queensland for the Australian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The Member for Currumbin added “we are working hard to maximise visitor numbers to the State and achieve our goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“Events such as the Gold Coast Sevens not only contribute to that goal but also delivers economic and social benefits to regions across Queensland.”
Rugby Sevens is basically a game which sees seven players a side take on seven minute halves on a full-sized Rugby pitch. Latest statistics reveal a try is scored every two and a half minutes. It is to be played at the 2016 Olympic Games for the first time in the history of the sport. 16 international teams play 45 matches across two days.
This year, the Gold Coast Sevens takes on added significance with the tournament being the first ever time that a HSBC World Series event has been a part of the Olympic qualification process. Competing countries on the 2014/15 World Series circuit will be vying for a top four berth that will see them automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens captain Ed Jenkins, said: “The Gold Coast Sevens is the start of what is the most important season of our careers.
“A place at the Olympics is at stake and it is an event we want to be part of. Obviously we want to entertain our own Aussie fans, but we also love playing in front of big crowds too that not only like watching Sevens, but also enjoy a good time out with friends and family.”
For ticketing details check out www.ticketek.com.au.