By: Melissa Stevens
It’s one of the city’s biggest events but tickets to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens can be hard to come by. That doesn’t mean, however, that you need to miss out on the fun! Organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Union, the Sevens will be held from 6–8 April this year with 120,000 visitors expected to attend, and there are always plenty of parties and satellite events around town. Here’s a selection of some of the highlights.
Even if you don’t have a passing interest in sport, the Sevens Kickoff Concert is not one to miss. Original members of UB40, legendary voice Ali Campbell, along with vocalist Astro and keyboard player Mickey Virtue, have reunited and will showcase the music of the reggae troupe, backed by an eight-piece band. Expect to hear a mix of old UB40 classics and their latest takes on the genre. The concert will be held at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai. A general access ticket starts from HK$288. Door open at 8pm.
5 April |Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Rd, Morrison Hill
HSBC Sevens Village
Situated opposite the Sevens stadium, the Sevens Village is a hub for anyone without tickets who wants to be close to the action. Entry is free and tournaments are live streamed onto giant screens. Families are welcomed with plenty of activities for the kids, including interactive rugby, golf and tennis zones, arts workshops and face painting. There are also food stands and you can even expect some rugby legends to drop in from time to time.
6–8 April | Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay is hosting a 16-day festival from 24 March with evens for the whole family. Highlights include the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Fan Walk on 6–8 April, along with Eggsentially Art, four days of junior rugby clinics, cultural performances and an egglette and milk tea festival from 30 March–2 April.
24 March–8 April | Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
The Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party
Organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Lan Kwai Fong Association, the Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party is always worth being part of. It usually kicks off around 9.30pm in Lan Kwai Fong and goes until late, with booth games, official photo ops, beer and street food. Last year LKF was dressed up to look like Hong Kong Stadium with artificial grass and a marching band.
Dates TBA | 9.30pm-late | Lan Kwai Fong
GFI HKFC 10s
Hosted by the Hong Kong Football Club, the 16-team tournament offers fans a close-up view of the action and the chance to mingle with the players. The matches are 10-a-side (depending on yellow and red card offences), with unlimited interchange of players allowed during a match. The duration of the pool matches and quarter-finals is 10 minutes each way with a two-minute interval. The semi-finals and finals are 12 minutes each way with a three-minute interval.
4–5 April | Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, Exit A (Times Square)
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