Sevens a sell-out as last 500 tickets find home

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 February, 2006, 12:00am

All remaining tickets for the Hong Kong Sevens have been sold out. Organisers revealed that more than 1,000 entries had been received for the 500 remaining tickets for local fans. A draw was conducted to allocate the tickets.

'The draw was done by the auditors PriceWaterhouse today, and 250 winners will get two tickets each,' said Allan Payne, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union executive director, yesterday.

'We will call every winner individually and we will also carry a notice in the newspapers on March 2. The winners will have 10 days to come and pay us and collect their tickets,' Payne said.

Each ticket costs $880. Around 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets available to the Hong Kong public were sold on December 10 at the Hong Kong Stadium. It was decided to sell the remaining tickets by ballot to ensure that they would be sold in Hong Kong.

Another 30 per cent of all the tickets were sold to rugby clubs and associations, while 31 per cent went to sponsors, patrons and box holders. Overseas travel agents got 3,000 to 4,000 tickets.

'The tournament is sold out. Unless we get some tickets returned from overseas, there are no more tickets for sale in Hong Kong,' added Payne.