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Year five of Canada Sevens in Vancouver is off to a good start.
Available ticket inventory is close to 40% sold already, according to Rugby Canada. Public sales of tournament passes for the two-day event, including general admission, began on Tuesday.
— HSBC Canada Sevens (@CanadaSevens) October 29, 2019
New this year is a “subscription ticket,” which offered fans the ability to secure the same seat for 2020 and 2021, until October 28. About 80% of all tickets sold were of the subscription variety, which is a big win for the event. Organizers say a “very limited” number of premium, sideline, and reserved tournament passes remain for sale.
Single-day general admission tickets will be in limited supply, according to organizers, once they eventually go on sale in the coming months.
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Taking place March 7-8 next year, the weekend tournament has been a smash hit with locals and visitors alike. Vancouver is one of the most successful stops on the World Rugby Sevens Series, receiving the highest ranking on the 10-stop tour last year, as voted by players and team managers from the 16 competing nations.
In March, Rugby Canada signed a four-year extension of their hosting agreement, keeping the tournament at BC Place until at least 2023.
The event has received enthusiastic fan support, drawing over 70,000 spectators each year, with many of them dressed up in hilarious costumes.
The 2020 tournament will serve as a preview to the Summer Olympics, which will include Sevens for just the second time. The Canadian men’s team, which failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, have already booked their ticket for Tokyo 2020.