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 7-9 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.
HK Sevens Kickoff Concert
Even if you don’t have a passing interest in sport, the Sevens Kickoff Concert is not one to miss. UK supergroup Madness will mark its 40th year as headliners of the concert, supported by mod outfit, From The Jam. Don’t miss this impressive line-up, with the concert held the night before the Sevens officially starts at the Sevens Village. A general access ticket is HK$488. Door open at 6.30pm, with the concert starting at 7.30pm.
6 April | Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
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.
7-9 April | Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
HSBC Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens Fan Walk
A new event this year will see Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay team up with Hong Kong Rugby Union, Cathay Pacific and HSBC for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Fan Walk. The theme of “Food x Fun x Savings” will make Lee Gardens a must-go destination during rugby week. The highlight will be “Sevens Street” which will have a range of family activities, live performances and food.
7-9 April | 12noon-7.30pm | Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay
The Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party
It’s no exaggeration to say this is back and bigger than ever this year as it has been extended to run for a full seven days. Organised by the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Lan Kwai Fong Association, the Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party runs from 3-9 April. It kicks off (see what we did there!) at 9.30pm and goes until late, with booth games, official photo ops, beer and street food. LKF will be dressed up to look like Hong Kong Stadium with artificial grass and a marching band.
3-9 April | 9.30pm-late | Lan Kwai Fong
GFI HKFC 10s and After Party
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, including the star-studded Asia Pacific Dragons, who will try to win a third straight Cup title and fourth overall. The GFI HKFC 10s will stage an after party on 6 April from 8.30pm until 11pm that’s open to teams, club members, spectators and the general public. The after party will be held outdoors, on the hockey pitch, so head on down. Beer and wine are included in the entry fee, so book your tickets at ticketflap.com/gfi2017 ($150 for both days, $100 per day, $250 for After Party plus beer and wine.)
5 – 6 April | Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Sports Road, Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, Exit A (Times Square)
Hong Kong Sevens Central
This has been a big hit in previous years, with the Hong Kong Rugby Union taking the party to the heart of Hong Kong in Chater Garden. Games are shown on the big screen, there is live entertainment and food and drink available. Rugby clinics are held for youngsters and there are visits by some of the stars for autograph signing. The family friendly events are held from 4 to 9 April between 10am to 4pm daily. From 6pm to 9.30pm the vibe changes with a party atmosphere with live music and celebrity chefs serving up food.
3 – 9 April | 10am-4pm | Chater Garden, Central
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