Last year your best mates left you sitting at home with a cold pork pie whilst they transformed themselves into saucy Sevens-goers. This year, you’ll show them who’s the boss. From prep to South Stand, up your Sevens status with this handy little guide to surviving the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.
How to get there
Every match is basically 14 minutes each, so plan accordingly. Forego Friday’s matches to save up stamina for Saturday, then take the MTR to Causeway Bay, where it’s just a short walk of about 10 to 15 minutes to Hong Kong Stadium from Exit F. Get there early to stake your space in the South Stand, especially if you want lower level seats as they are unreserved. The South Stand is the party stand and only open to over-18s. The East and West Stands have a much calmer vibe. You can find a match schedule on the Hong Kong Sevens website.
Dress to impress
Dressing up is part of the fun for Sevens goers so get into the spirit with a crazy costume. If you haven’t sorted your Sevens gear yet, get thee to a costume shop or tailor, stat. Our picks? The stalls at Pottinger Street and Wan Chai market. But whatever ensemble you choose, we recommend you sport sensible shoes. Yes, the key is sensible – not those limited-edition trainers that you special-ordered from overseas. Remember, you will be on your feet for extended periods in a stadium crammed with people.
You can’t bring in plastic, glass or metal bottles, but do bring wet wipes, tissues, extra cash, sun cream, antacid, a hat … but bear your fellow Sevens goers in mind and if it rains don’t open an umbrella mid-match. Make a stop at 7-Eleven for a disposable raincoat or poncho. There are lots of food and drink vendors inside the Stadium. It can be a long day, so make sure drink plenty of water. Remember, there’s a smoking ban in effect.
Sevens and the city
There are plenty of fan events outside the Stadium, including the Sevens Village which is just outside the Stadium and the Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens. Rugby fanatics will love the chance to try the themed workshops and activities – and you never know, you may even get to meet a player or two!