Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens returns for its final edition at Hong Kong Stadium in April

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13th February 2024 – (Hong Kong) The highly anticipated Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is back, and sports enthusiasts are in for a thrilling three-day extravaganza from 5th to 7th April, 2024. Marked on calendars worldwide, this year’s event promises to deliver fierce competition and non-stop entertainment as teams from around the globe battle it out on the prestigious fields. However, this edition holds a special significance as it will be the last time the tournament takes place at the iconic Hong Kong Stadium before relocating to the state-of-the-art Kai Tak Sports Park in 2025.

In addition to nail-biting sporting action, attendees can also expect an impressive lineup of entertainment throughout the weekend. Renowned figures from the sports and music industries will grace the stage, ensuring an unforgettable experience. Former England international and British & Irish Lions star, DJ James Haskell, will bring the house down with his electrifying sets. Arnel Pineda, known for his role as the lead singer of Journey, will shake up the South Stand with his band, Ammo, while legendary Jamaican reggae band, The Wailers, will captivate the crowd with their timeless hits. Local talents, including singing sensation Celine Tam and Cantopop girl group Lolly Talk, will showcase their extraordinary skills, leaving spectators in awe.

Tickets for the event are now available, priced at $1,950 for adults and $950 for children aged two to 12. It is advisable to secure tickets early, as they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Hong Kong Stadium will be the centre of all the action, providing a vibrant atmosphere for fans to immerse themselves in the festivities.

The event schedule promises an unforgettable experience:

Friday: The gates open at 7.30am, with youth and mini teams taking to the pitch in the morning. The evening will come alive with live music performances, setting the tone for the exciting weekend ahead.

Saturday: The gates open at 7.00am, and spectators can look forward to world-class rugby matchups accompanied by a special performance from reggae legends, The Wailers. Their iconic tunes, including the crowd favorite “3 Little Birds,” are sure to get everyone dancing.

Sunday: The gates open at 8.00am, and the finals will dominate the day’s schedule as teams battle it out for victory. As the party atmosphere builds up, Journey frontman Arnel Pineda will take the stage, elevating the energy with hits like “Don’t Stop Believin'” and more.

The participating teams in both the men’s and women’s categories represent a diverse range of nations, ensuring an exhilarating competition. The men’s lineup includes New Zealand, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Samoa, Spain, South Africa, and the USA. Similarly, the women’s category features New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Fiji, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Spain, South Africa, and the USA.

Additionally, Hong Kong China will showcase their skills in the Asian 7s section. The Melrose Shield competitions will see the men’s team face off against Japan and China, while the women’s team competes against Thailand and China. This segment aims to promote Asian rugby and keep fans captivated by the high-level gameplay.

This year’s tournament holds exceptional significance, marking the end of an era at the Hong Kong Stadium. As preparations are underway for the move to Kai Tak in 2025, this final edition of the Hong Kong Sevens will celebrate the tournament’s remarkable history. Attendees will have the opportunity to relive three decades of thrilling moments, both on and off the pitch, creating lasting memories.

Tickets for the Cathay/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens are currently available for purchase. Interested individuals are advised to secure their tickets promptly to avoid disappointment. This is a not-to-be-missed event that promises an unparalleled blend of top-class rugby, world-class entertainment, and a vibrant atmosphere that only the Hong Kong Sevens can provide.