'The South Stand is close to reaching capacity,' said announcer Richard Cooke with tongue firmly in cheek. It might not have been quite the real thing yesterday - for only 8,500 supporters turned up to watch the first day of action. However, one thing the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union knows to do well is to put on a party, and it was all song and dance at Hong Kong Stadium as the union put on a show that the rest of the East Asian Games venues would do well to copy. The DJ played catchy music, big-band sounds from the Canadian International School kept the toes tapping, and the Island Dancers' moves got the fans doing the same. The patriotic crowd cheered 'Hong Kong, Hong Kong' when the home favourites were on the field. The vibrant mood among the faithful made up for the empty stands. 'The atmosphere that was created was superb; it got us going,' said Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees. 'It proves that you don't need to fill the stadium to build a great atmosphere.' Union chairman Trevor Gregory remained optimistic that there would be a bigger attendance today. Already 12,500 tickets have been pre-sold and the union believes many more people will arrive to buy tickets at the stadium box office. Tickets are priced at HK$100. 'Both the Hong Kong teams, men and women, deserve their support. The public could see history in the making if Hong Kong go on to win the gold medal,' Gregory said. 'The players need a big lift and the more noise that they make, the better it will be. I hope more people will turn up today and buy tickets at the gate,' he added. 'But I'm pleased with the atmosphere we have created.' The diehard fans in the South Stand danced to the Black Eyed Peas' I Got A Feeling. The union will be hoping that 'tonight's gonna be a good, good night' - for Hong Kong rugby.