The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is the territory's premier sports event in the annual calendar.
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 Zones are normally set up at the Central Harbourfront and 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 and is the official Hong Kong 7s after party every day during the tournament after the matches. See below for this year's Sevens parties, parades, carnivals, etc. Here's what's happening in 2023:
2023 Hong Kong Sevens - The Tournament
When? Friday through Sunday March 31 - April 2, 2023
Where? Tournament held at Hong Kong Stadium, MTR Causeway Bay Exit F and follow the crowds.
Don't have tickets? Traditionally there have been outside giant screens and party tents at the Sevens Village right accross from Hong Kong Stadium, at Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay and the Central Harbourfront, more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
When securing your tickets consider this (as per the official site):
The North Stand is for people keen to get a closer look at the players, follow every second of the action and maybe even sit with the famous Fijian fans in light blue.
The East Stand, especially right at the top, is ideal for some semblance of peace and quiet - especially popular on Sunday mornings if you're nursing a heavy head.
The South Stand is notorious for its fun, games and debauchery. It's the iconic, wild side that may spring to mind when you think "HK7s" but actually only makes up a quarter of the stands.
The West Stand is for hardcore rugby fans, filling game scores in newspapers and actually watching the rugby.
Entertainment at the tournament for all 3 days will include (so far confirmed):
A surprise opening ceremony performance from one of Cantopop's top award-winning artists
Belgium's greatest pop star, Plastic Bertrand, on South Stand
South Korea's sensation DJ Soda at South Stand on Sunday
Hong Kong's premier Ska and Soul Band, The Red Stripes, at South Stand on Saturday
The 7s resident DJs, The Two Simons and Ben Cullen throughout the weekend
PLK ONE23 Dance Troupe on Friday
More Hong Kong Sevens Events, Parties, Carnivals, Entertainment
Sevens events for 2023 will be announced as the date of the tournament approaches. These are the events that have been held in the past for reference. We will update this page as the tournament approaches and events are announced/confirmed.
Running across the three days of the tournament, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival extends the atmosphere of the rugby revelry and entertainment to the streets of Hong Kong.
It transforms into "Sevens Central" over the weekend, a fanzone featuring live music, entertainers, the rugby action on big screen and free entry.
Where? Central Harbourfront Event Space
How Much? FREE!
Hong Kong Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens - TBC
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? TBC- 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
Sevens Village - TBC
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 TBC
Friday from 11:00 am, Saturday from 8:00 am, Sunday from 8:30 am
...until the final whistle each day.
Where? TBC 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? TBC 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
Lan Kwai Fong Official Hong Kong Rugby 7s 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 are normally booth games, beer and street food and even a parade to liven the party.
When? Friday through Sunday 6:00 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.
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. In fact, the Hong Kong Sevens is the highlight event on the HSBC World Sevens Series calendar where players also battle it out for a place at the Olympics.
Here is a short video with some highlights of this giant rugby party: