Tickets for the eagerly-awaited 2016 HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens will go on sale to the public this Friday, 30 October, with organisers expecting a strong turn-out from both local fans and overseas visitors for the family-friendly rugby spectacle next year.
Singapore is one of only two Asian host cities on the global circuit and the eighth of 10 legs on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The iconic National Stadium with the world’s biggest freestanding dome will play host to the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016. With Rugby Sevens making its historic debut as an Olympic sport in next year’s Summer Games, fans can expect to see the world’s top rugby players in action right here in Singapore as they build momentum on their Road to Rio campaigns.
Speaking at the Official Ticket Launch Party at Harry’s Bar Boat Quay, Rugby Singapore’s General Manager Stephanie Wong said: “Ticket prices have been kept affordable to enable all Singaporeans and overseas visitors to enjoy the spectacle that is Sevens rugby. Rain or shine, spectators can watch world-class rugby action in comfort under the world’s largest dome and party in the stands with the global rugby family. We encourage spectators to join in the rugby festival by coming in fancy dress and revel to our in-stadium entertainment and fun-filled activities in the Fanzone.”
(L-R) James Forrester (ex-England Sevens star), Samantha Teo (Singapore Sevens women’s captain), Stephanie Wong (Rugby Singapore General Manager), Daniel Marc Chow (Singapore Sevens men’s captain) and Inoke Afeaki (Singapore Rugby Union Technical Director).
Fans can expect face painting, balloon sculpting, performances from roving buskers, percussion bands, magicians and other lifestyle entertainers at the Rugby Fanzone. With provisions made for families such as Kids Drop Off area, the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens promises to be an awesome family day out and the sporting entertainment event of the year.
After an initial pre-sale period to local rugby clubs, overseas rugby unions and stakeholders, the public sale kicks off this Friday and two-day passes start as low as S$100 for adults and S$2 for children.
During the Early Bird period from 30 October to 31 December, Category One two-day passes (fixed seating) are S$120 for adults, S$60 for youths 12-18 years old and children under 12; while Category Two (free seating) passes are S$100 (adults), S$50 (youth) and $2 (children). A family package for two adults and two children under 12 for Category One (fixed seating) is only $$324. To buy tickets online, log onto http://www.singapore7s.sg/ticket-alert/.
For avid rugby fans seeking an unrivalled hospitality experience for themselves and their corporate guests or friends, be sure to consider the Members’ Club package that allows for exclusive entry via the National Stadium Club Lobby and direct access to a comfortable private, air-conditioned hospitality lounge with live TV feed, multi course meals and free flow of beer, wine and beverages.
Said former England international and Sevens star James Forrester, who was a guest of Rugby Singapore: “Singapore is a great host city for the Sevens for regional rugby fans as it has so much to offer in terms of local attractions and the National Stadium is truly a world-class venue for sports. From a rugby fan perspective, it will be a real eye opener as I’m sure the leading teams will be bringing their star players in their build-up towards the Rio Olympics.”
He added: “For those who never experienced a Sevens tournament, it’s full contact, high collision and expect plenty of pace, skill and excitement packed into a 14-minute game. Sevens is one of the most spectacular spectator sports and don’t be surprised to see a try being scored on average in the world series every other minute. Expect nothing but two full days of top-class rugby action and a great party in and around the stadium. With Singapore’s track record in hosting world-class sports events, I have no doubt that the tournament offers outstanding value for money for both local and overseas fans.”
Last held at the old National Stadium from 2004 to 2006, the 2016 Singapore Rugby Sevens will feature 15-core teams that play in every leg of the World Sevens Series and 1 wild-card team. The 15 core teams are reigning World Rugby Seven Series champion Fiji, Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Kenya, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, United States, Wales, Russia and 12-time Seven Series champion New Zealand.
Photo: HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
Already, organisers have kicked off a series of activities in its eight-month campaign build-up to the rugby extravaganza. The official tournament logo competition was unveiled earlier this month with 36-year-old graphic designer Tang Kong Dan beating 42 other entries to claim top prize. The winning logo with three core colours of Red, White, Black and a lion to symbolise strength, aggression and passion was also a popular choice among online voters of the tournament’s official Facebook page.
Rugby Singapore has also kicked off a school outreach programme ‘Tag 7s’ which aims to reach out to 14,000 students in 140 schools in the next four years. Under this programme, children under 14 will be taught basic rugby skills and appreciate rugby values of teamwork, respect and sportsmanship.
A youth development programme called ‘Heroes in the Making’ will kick off in November where 25 under 16 players will be handpicked by a coaching panel for a training clinic that culminates in two players being selected for an all-expenses paid trip to New Zealand for an elite training program. The coaching panel will begin scouting for talent at the upcoming Saints Sevens and the Schools & Colleges Sevens in November.