Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong Sevens chief unveils plan for new Central fan festival

Waterfront venue to stage six-day rugby and music carnival during tournament week, says Trevor Gregory

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 9:13pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 9:13pm

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) has teamed up with the city’s tourism authority to stage a six-day festival of rugby and music in the week leading up to next month’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

The HKRFU-funded outdoor entertainment initiative is being supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and will be held at the new 36,000-square-metre Central Harbourfront site from Tuesday, March 25 to Sunday, March 30. The event will run from 9am to 11pm each day.

“The HK Fan Zone is a very exciting new project designed to broaden the appeal and access of the Sevens to everybody in Hong Kong,” said Trevor Gregory, who chairs both the HKRFU and the Hong Kong Sevens organising committee.

“It will have activities to suit all, irrespective of their age or knowledge of the game, and is a key component of our outreach into the local community,” he said, adding that any surplus income generated by the HK Fan Zone will be donated to charities affiliated with the HKRFU.

On offer at the event during the day will be live big-screen action from Hong Kong Stadium, visits by star players and teams, rugby coaching clinics, a sponsors’ village, food stalls, and a funfair for children.

Each evening the site will be transformed into a live outdoor music venue, featuring a week-long line-up of Cantopop and international artists. Crowds of up to 15,000 are expected to attend the evening shows.

Organisers are working to secure a “world famous” rock group to join the leading international DJ and top Cantopop artists already signed up. Announcements will be made in the coming weeks on the HK Fan Zone website.