Rugby Sevens returns to Vancouver this weekend, and for the fourth year in a row, fans will flock to BC Place in large numbers.
Ticket sales are approaching 70,000 for the two-day event, which has been a smash hit since the debut Canada Sevens tournament in 2016. A Rugby Canada spokesperson tells Daily Hive that over a thousand tickets were sold on Monday alone, as the event gains momentum.
Capacity for each day is set at 40,000, which means parts of the upper bowl will be open – a rarity at BC Place.
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Saturday is nearing a sellout, with over 90 per cent of tickets sold, while more inventory is currently available for championship Sunday.
With many fans showing up in whacky costumes, this event has grown in popularity each year since it debuted in Vancouver in 2016. The tournament drew 72,000 fans in 2016, 76,000 in 2017, and 78,000 last year.
The Canada Sevens tournament is in the final year of its four-year hosting cycle that was granted to Rugby Canada in 2016, though it seems likely that the agreement will be extended.
A Rugby Canada media conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning, where it is expected that details of a new agreement will be revealed.