The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is the territory's premier sports event in the annual calendar. It was typically held on the last week of March
but has now moved to April.
The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday drawing crowds of local and overseas fans alike.
More than the 24-team sports match, this has become a festival of sorts and just one huge wild party that goes beyond the
Hong Kong Stadium, the official venue of the tournament.
Party tents and big screens for viewing spring throughout Wanchai and Central during the tournament,
with a host of other parties and entertainment, carnivals and parades prior, during and after the event.
The main Rugby Sevens Fan Zone this year is set up at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay, the HSBC Sevens Village accross from Hong Kong Stadium, and of course Lan Kwai Fong is party central as usual, also
hosts a series of events which vary from year to year, whether it is a kick-off parade prior to the tournament or after-game parties. See below for this year's Sevens parties, parades, carnivals, etc. Here's what's happening in 2020:
2020 Hong Kong Sevens
When? Friday through Sunday October 16 - 18, 2020
Where? Tournament held at Hong Kong Stadium, plus outside giant screens and party tents at the Sevens Village right accross from Hong Kong Stadium and at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay, more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
More Hong Kong Sevens Events, Parties, Carnivals, Parades - EVENTS FOR 2020 TBA
Sevens events for 2020 will be announced as the date of the tournament approaches. These are the 2019 events for reference to give you an idea of the scope of the events and parties that will be taking place in 2020:
Hong Kong Sevens Kick-Off Concert with Gwen Stefani and Central Fan Zone
The HKSEVENS Festival Concert will be the perfect warm-up for a weekend of world-class sport and entertainment
at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Three-time GRAMMY Award winner and global icon Gwen Stefani will headline the 2019 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival with a one-off show at the Central Harbourfront event space, presented by Marriott Bonvoy.
The concert on Friday, April 5 will be the first time Stefani has performed in Hong Kong for more than a decade.
When? Friday April 5, 2019 - gates open at 5:00 pm
Where? Central Harbourfront Event Space
More Info and Tickets: HK$780
The HKSevens Festival Concert.
Running across the three days of this year's tournament, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival extends the atmosphere of the rugby revelry and entertainment to the streets of Hong Kong.
The 2019 edition will transform into "Sevens Central" for Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, a fanzone featuring live music, entertainers, the rugby action on big screen and free entry.
When? Saturday and Sunday April 6 - 7, 2019
Where? Central Harbourfront Event Space
How Much? FREE!
Hong Kong Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens
This is the Hong Kong Rugby Union main Hong Kong Sevens Fan Zone which is more than Rugby action at this mega party. It
features besides the huge TV screens where all games will be telecast live during the three days of the event,
lots of food and drink options from around the world, DJs, street performances, autograph signing and after match parties.
As in the past, Lee Garden One - the iconic high-end shopping centre on Hysan Avenue in Causeway Bay - will be reinvented as the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens FanWalk, fans can share the famous Hong Kong Sevens atmosphere, right in the heart of Causeway Bay, conveniently en route to the Stadium.
There are also many other activities that extend beyond the weekend of rugby action, a Wolfpack junior ninja warrior assault course, street performers and lots of family fun!
When? Friday to Sunday April 5 - 7, 2019 - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm - Stadium action telecast live from kickoff on Friday to the closing ceremony on Sunday
Where? Lee Gardens
How Much? FREE!!!
More info and Activities Schedule HKSevens Festival and Lee Gardens Event Calendar
The HSBC Sponsored Sevens Village is situated right across from Hong Kong Stadium and those without a ticket will not only feel all the atmosphere from the Stadium but also have a
close up of all the action, as every second of the rugby is broadcast on a giant Big Screen.
The Village will be packed with fun for all the family.
When? All three days of the event
Friday from 11:00 am, Saturday from 8:00 am, Sunday from 8:30 am
...until the final whistle each day.
Where? Accross from Hong Kong Stadium at The Village, IRC, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay
How Much? FREE! The Village is open to the public for FREE all weekend and both ticket and non-ticket holders are welcome.
More info Sevens Village Festival
Overlooking the HSBC Sevens Village is the luxury twin deck pavillion with large outdoor terrace and upper level balcony. VIP packages include 5-star buffet, open bar, private suites, etc.
Where? The Pavillion, IRC, 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po
How Much? Hospitality Packages from HK$950, private suites, executive packages, VIP, etc. available
More info Sevens Village Corporate Hospitality
HKSevens Eggsentially Art Junior Rugby Clinics
For the Kids, in anticipation of Easter, there will be Junior Rugby clinics, appearances by rugby legends, this year's players for autographs and interaction with fans, kids activities, cultural performances and an egglette and milk tea festival.
When? March 30 - 31, 2019
Where? Lee Gardens: G/F Pavement Driveway, Lee Garden One and 4/F Sky Garden, Hysan Place
How Much? FREE
More info and Activities Schedule Lee Gardens Event Calendar
The Valley Sevens Long Lunch The Perfect Kickoff To The Tournament
The legendary Long Lunch is now in its 23rd year and still remains the ultimate way to kick off the Sevens weekend.
Rugby speakers, dancing performances and a new theme (to be revealed soon)
will provide the entertainment for the crowd of 600+, (along with a 3-course lunch and free-flowing wine).
When? Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:30 pm
Where? The Conrad Hotel
How Much? HK 2,300 + per person, HK $ 26,400 + per table. Remember proceeds benefit children's charities in Asia, with more than US$2.9 million
raised since the event's inception.
Lan Kwai Fong Official Hong Kong Sevens Rugby After Party
Just as good excuse as any, the streets of Lan Kwai Fong is where it will be happening the entire week.
After all the Stadium action, this is where it will be happening every night. There will be booth games, beer and street food and even a parade to liven the party.
When? Friday April 5 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Take MTR to Central Station Exit D2 and follow the crowds to D'Aguilar Street.
How Much?: Free!
More Info at www.lankwaifong.com.
Some Basics about Rugby and Rugby Sevens
Rugby is much like football, the sport is wildly popular in England and the Commowealth States, including Australia and New Zealand, from which it has
spread to the Pacific Islands. In fact, rugby is considered the National sport in New Zealand.
Rugby Sevens is a variation of Rugby Union. The teams consist of seven players instead of 15 players that participate in regular matches.
The games are quick consisting of two seven-minute halves, so basically one match is done in 15 minutes
and entire tournaments can be played over a weekend.
Another landmark in the popularity of the sport was Rugby Sevens' debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
There are two main tournaments in Rugby Sevens: The World Cup and the World Series. The World Cup is held every 4 years,
the next will take place in 2022, the host nation is yet to be determined.
In the annual Sevens World Series, national teams compete in a circuit of 10 rounds, one of which is played
in Hong Kong which is known as the Hong Kong Sevens.
The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has helped the sport in becoming quite popular accross Asia and is one of the most predominant
legs in the World Series circuit which
spans all five continents, the 2018-2019 Sevens World Series rounds:
Round 1 - Dubai
Round 2 - South Africa
Round 3 - New Zealand
Round 4 - Australia
Round 5 - USA
Round 6 - Canada
Round 7 - Hong Kong
Round 8 - Singapore
Round 9 - England
Round 10 - France
So as you can expect, fans from all over the world flock to Hong Kong on the weekend of the tournament, which sells out months in advance.
Here is a short video with some highlights of this giant rugby party: