The Hong Kong Sevens is a very popular event both for Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors. The demand is huge, and there are only so many seats to go around, so getting hold of tickets for this event can be a challenge.
The Hong Kong Stadium holds 40,000 fans- the organisers would probably fill a space with double that capacity (the Hong Kong Government is working on it, but it’s not going to happen any time soon). As with any event with this much demand, there are some rogues out there trying to make a quick buck off the situation. Just be careful who you buy tickets from, and always go though the authorized sales channels.
Here are the various channels that the organizers use:
If you are a rugby fan, and you know someone who plays rugby in Hong Kong- or perhaps you play yourself, this should be your first port of call, but start early. HK7s tickets will first be distributed to all Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) Member Clubs and HKRFU stakeholders- which is the right thing to do, of course. The day-in, day-out rugby supporters come first. If you are a member of a rugby club in your own country, try that channel next.
Annual Ballot for HK Residents
This only applies to people who are HK Residents.
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens public ticket ballot is open from Friday 27 November 2015 until 31 January 2016.
The ballot will be held on 5 February 2016 and applicants will be informed of their results by email that day.
9,000 individual tickets are in the ballot and applicants have the choice to apply for 0, 1 or 2 adult tickets for each of the 3 days of the event.
You must be a Hong Kong resident in possession of a Hong Kong ID Card and aged 18 or above on the day of your application.
The lucky winners will need to pay for their tickets by 19 February 2016. (HK$300 for Friday, HK$750 for Saturday and HK$750 for Sunday. Plus an admin fee of HK$50 will be charge for each ticket.
Click HERE to Apply.
27 November 2015 – Registrations open
31 January 2016 – Registrations close
5 February 2016 – Ballot commences
5 February 2016 – Winners and non-winners notified
19 February 2016, 5pm – Deadline for winners to pay for ticket(s)
19-21 March 2016 (10:00-17:00) Ticket collection from Hong Kong Stadium
Ticket and hotel bundles are sold through the HKRFU’s overseas Official Travel Agents. You might also want to try Cathay Pacific Airways, the co-sponsor and official airline (they pulled together some Fly’n See Sevens packages for this year).
Official Travel Agents.
This list does vary from year to year, to check the HK Sevens official ticketing page, but for 2014, the list was as follows:
Understandably, the organisers try and cap this, as it is a popular promotional tool, and no-one want the HK 7s to turn in to some kind of promo vehicle for HK businesses. But this is also an option, to enter into these kinds of competitions in the run up to the tournament. The local rag, the South China Morning Post ran one in 2014, and it’s worth checking out the official sposors: HSBC and Cathay Pacific. Just google it. This is a long shot though. Stick some money on a horse in Happy Valley while you’re at it- you never know that might also come in.
And if you Can’t Get Tickets?
Well, keep on trying all through the 3 days- you never know, some people don’t make it all the way! There’s always the Fan Zone where you can watch it on a big screen, or head for the Dicken’s Bar in The Excelsior in Causeway Bay- they’ve always got a pretty good atmosphere going on. It’s not going to match being at the actual event though!
- Start early (like as soon as the dust has settled on this year’s Sevens
- Join a rugby club. Start playing and get involved!
- Use your network- time to catch up with those mates who live in Hong Kong and play rugby
- Enter the annual ballot if you are a HK resident
- Buy a package through an authorised agent
- Enter the competitions for a long shot.
- Failing that, head to the Fan Zone or the Dicken’s Bar!