Tickets for the World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver, held at BC Place Stadium in March 2016, will go on sale in early-September.
The local organizing committee announced this week on its new website that passes for the weekend-long tournament will go on sale Tuesday, September 8 while single-day tickets will be released on November 17.
The event is scheduled for March 2016 – specific dates for the 10-city tour will be released in the coming weeks ahead of the season kick off in October 2015. The other host cities in the tour are Sydney, Dubai, Cape Town, Wellington (New Zealand), Las Vegas, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Singapore.
In addition to the sporting event that attracts the world’s best rugby players, the tournament includes a festival with entertainment and activities to provide fans with a unique Sevens Series experience.
“Sevens rugby is exciting, dynamic and wildly entertaining and the tournament brings with it a festival atmosphere enriched by exceptional athletes, passionate fans and the energy of 16 nations,” said Canada Sevens CEO Bill Cooper in a release.
“It is a complete live sport experience. Expect 45 high-scoring games, surprising upsets, fans in crazy costumes, an incredible sound track, a world-class venue at BC Place Stadium and a warm host city embrace.”
Organizers are anticipating a high demand for tickets as there has been a significant level of early interest. In addition, all stadium suites were booked in less than 24 hours last week.
“We received incredible early interest in tickets and suites, so we know there is a lot of demand,” added Cooper. “While traditional suites are already spoken for, we look forward to introducing many other premium options and are confident there is something for everyone, from high-end club seats, to field-side loge seats, to general admission.”
Following a competitive bidding process, Vancouver was announced as a new annual host city for the tournament in February. A new state-of-the-art playing turf was installed at B.C. Place in late-May to meet the standards of both FIFA and World Rugby.
The tournament just comes ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when rugby will be introduced as an Olympic sport. Both the men’s and women’s national rugby teams are supported by Own the Podium as they have been deemed as potential medal contenders for the 2016 Games.
Canada is a strong player in rugby sevens and has competed in every Sevens World Series since the inaugural tournament in 1999. In the 2013-2014 season, the Canadian team finished with an overall sixth place result.
The rugby variety is played with only seven players per side, as opposed to the usual fifteen, and has a shorter duration than the traditional match. It holds a strong following across much of Asia, Europe, Australia, UAE, South Africa and New Zealand.