Firstly, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is the territory’s premier sports event in the annual calendar. It was typically held on the last week of March but has now moved to April.
The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday drawing crowds of local and overseas fans alike.
More than the 24-team sports match, this has become a festival and just one huge wild party that goes beyond the
Hong Kong Stadium, the official venue of the tournament.
Usually, party tents and big screens for viewing spring throughout Wanchai and Central during the tournament,
with a host of other parties and entertainment, carnivals and parades prior, during and after the event.
The main Rugby Sevens Fan Zone this year is set up at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay, the HSBC Sevens Village across from Hong Kong Stadium. In Lan Kwai Fong, central party as usual also hosts a series of events which vary from year to year. See below for this year’s Sevens parties:
2019 Hong Kong Sevens
Date: Friday through Sunday April 5, 6, 7, 2019.
Place: Tournament held at Hong Kong Stadium, plus outside giant screens and party tents at the Sevens Village right across from Hong Kong Stadium and at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay. There will be more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
Tickets: For Hong Kong residents by public ticket ballot, registration begins in November.
Price: HK$ 450+ Event (sells out quickly).
Hong Kong Sevens Kick-Off Concert with Gwen Stefani and Central Fan Zone
HKSEVENS Festival Concert will be the perfect warm-up for a weekend of world-class sport and entertainment
at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Moreover, three-time GRAMMY Award winner and global icon Gwen Stefani will headline the 2019 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival with a one-off show at the Central Harbourfront event space, presented by Marriott Bonvoy.
Date: Friday April 5, 2019 – gates open at 5:00 pm
Place: Central Harbourfront Event Space
Running across the three days of this year’s tournament, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival extends the atmosphere of the rugby revelry and entertainment to the streets of Hong Kong.
2019 edition will transform into “Sevens Central” for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, a fan zone featuring live music, entertainers, the rugby action on a big screen and free entry.
Date: Saturday and Sunday April 6 – 7, 2019
Place: Central Harbourfront Event Space
Hong Kong Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens
This is the Hong Kong Rugby Union main Hong Kong Sevens Fan Zone which is more than Rugby action at this mega party.
It features besides the huge TV screens where all games will be telecast live during the three days of the event,
lots of food and drink options from around the world, DJs, street performances, autograph signing and after match parties.
Also, as in the past, Lee Garden One will be reinvented as the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens FanWalk, fans can share the famous Hong Kong Sevens atmosphere, right in the heart of Causeway Bay, conveniently en route to the Stadium.
There are also many other activities that extend beyond the weekend of rugby action, a Wolfpack junior ninja warrior assault course, street performers and lots of family fun!
Date: Friday to Sunday April 5 – 7, 2019 – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm – Stadium action telecast live from kickoff on Friday to the closing ceremony on Sunday
Place: Lee Gardens
HSBC Sponsored Sevens Village is situated right across from Hong Kong Stadium and those without a ticket will not only feel all the atmosphere from the Stadium but also have a
close up of all the action, as every second of the rugby is broadcast on a giant Big Screen.
Date: Friday from 11:00 am, Saturday from 8:00 am, Sunday from 8:30 am.
Place: Across from Hong Kong Stadium at The Village, IRC, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
HKSevens Eggsentially Art Junior Rugby Clinics
For the Kids, in anticipation of Easter, there will be Junior Rugby clinics, appearances by rugby legends, this year’s players for autographs and interaction with fans, kids activities, cultural performances and an egglette and milk tea festival.
Date: March 30 – 31, 2019.
Place: Lee Gardens: G/F Pavement Driveway, Lee Garden One and 4/F Sky Garden, Hysan Place
The Valley Sevens Long LunchThe Perfect Kickoff To The Tournament
Legendary Long Lunch is now in its 23rd year and still remains the ultimate way to kick off the Sevens weekend.
Rugby speakers, dancing performances and a new theme will provide the entertainment for the crowd of 600.
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 – 12:30 pm.
Place: The Conrad Hotel
Price: HK 2,300 + per person, HK $ 26,400 + per table. Remember proceeds benefit children’s charities in Asia, with more than US$2.9 million raised since the event’s inception.
Lan Kwai Fong Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party
In addition, the streets of Lan Kwai Fong is where it will be happening the entire week.
After all the Stadium action, this is where it will be happening every night. There will be booth games, beer and street food and even a parade to liven the party.
Date: Friday TBC – 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.
Place: Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take MTR to Central Station Exit D2 and follow the crowds to D’Aguilar Street.
SOME BASICS ABOUT RUGBY AND RUGBY SEVENS
Firstly, Rugby is considered the National sport in New Zealand.
Rugby Sevens is a variation of Rugby Union. The teams consist of seven players instead of 15 players that participate in regular matches.
The games are quick consisting of two seven-minute halves, so basically, one match is done in 15 minutes and entire tournaments can be played over a weekend.
Another landmark in the popularity of the sport was Rugby Sevens’ debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
There are two main tournaments in Rugby Sevens: The World Cup and the World Series. The World Cup is held every 4 years, the next will take place in 2022, the host nation is yet to be determined.
In the annual Sevens World Series, national teams compete in a circuit of 10 rounds, one of which is played in Hong Kong which is known as the Hong Kong Sevens.
Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has helped the sport in becoming quite popular across Asia and is one of the most predominant legs in the World Series circuit which spans all five continents, the 2018-2019 Sevens World Series rounds:
1 – Dubai
2 – South Africa
3 – New Zealand
4 – Australia
5 – USA
6 – Canada
7 – Hong Kong
8 – Singapore
9 – England
10 – France
In conclusion, as you can expect, fans from all over the world flock to Hong Kong on the weekend of the tournament, which sells out months in advance.