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Sevens celebration – tickets on sale for tournament’s 21st

New Zealand Rugby is inviting sevens fans to celebrate a 21st Birthday party like no other with tickets to the 2020 HSBC New Zealand Sevens going on sale today.

The 2020 HSBC New Zealand Sevens at FMG Stadium Waikato will be held Auckland Anniversary weekend (25-26 January) next year with new features on and off the field including an exciting new tournament format.

Two-day Whopping Weekend tickets are available at www.sevens.co.nz from $20 for kids 14 years old and under, $107 for adults, and $57 for youth (15-17).

HSBC New Zealand Sevens General Manager Steve Dunbar said the event’s third year in Hamilton was shaping as a unique celebration of sevens rugby after back-to-back sell outs in 2018 and 2019.

“Hamilton has come to the party for the past two years with a sold-out stadium, fantastic rugby and great entertainment creating some incredible memories. We can’t wait to do it all again next January and give the region a 21st birthday to remember,” Mr Dunbar says.

“We’ll have 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams in Hamilton in 2020 which means more rugby and more excitement on the field, with the addition of a full World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament for the first time on New Zealand soil.

“It’ll be an historic occasion and judging from the reaction from fans who watched the Black Ferns in action this year the crowd will lap it up.”

Hamilton will host one of six fully integrated men’s and women’s tournaments on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit, and fans will notice quarterfinals have been removed.

“The new format means there will be more rugby and more on the line than ever before as the teams build toward the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” Mr Dunbar says. “With no Cup quarterfinals the teams will have to be at their best from the opening whistle.”

There will be 60 matches during the weekend, up from 53 in the two previous instalments – with the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens playing a minimum of four games each in front of their home crowd.

37 South Managing Director and HSBC New Zealand Sevens partner Dallas Fisher said the hospitality and entertainment at a cashless FMG Stadium Waikato would set a new bar in 2020.

“There will truly be something for everyone,” Mr Fisher says. “The sevens in Hamilton is much more than a sporting event with a Friday night concert option, and wickedly good VIP options for the Mill Street festival zone among the innovations we will be adding to the mix.”

The Mill Street R18 zone has been re-designed based on fan feedback and will feature a new layout, new custom-made bars, enhanced VIP offerings, live entertainment, and plenty of space for fans to chill out.

The popular Willoughby Park carnival zone will again cater for kids and parents with new and improved rides and safe and easy access and viewing for parents.

There are a limited number of tickets in each price category including allocated seating in the Blue Zone (Brian Perry Stand), general admission in the Amber Zone (R18 seating in the WEL Networks Stand), a picnic area in the Family Zone (Green Zone, grass embankment), and general admission seating in the White Zone (goal line, alcohol free).

The full HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 schedule is here

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