Parents head queue for Rugby Sevens tickets
Desire for the 5,000 Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tickets is so intense this year that elderly parents of diehard fans have been drafted into overnight queues outside Hong Kong Stadium.
Tickets for the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Sevens go on sale today at 11am and are expected to sell out within hours.
The number of public tickets has been slashed by 1,000 compared with last year, and the price for a three-day adult ticket has shot up from HK$800 to HK$1,080. Children's tickets remain at HK$300.
Occupying the first few queue places outside the stadium last night were several parents in their 60s who said they had begun queuing yesterday morning to hold places for their rugby-mad children, due to take their parents' places after work.
In first place was Mrs Chan, a 60-year-old from Tin Shui Wai. Armed with loaves of bread, candy and water, she said she had arrived to queue at 10am yesterday and was waiting until after 7pm for her sons to arrive.
'I have no idea what rugby is,' Mrs Chan said, declining to reveal her full name. 'I am over 60 and my sons are in their 30s ... but they can't come to queue themselves because they are all working.'
Each queue member will be allowed to purchase a maximum of two tickets.
The Hong Kong Sevens will be held from March 28-30.