Hong Kong Sevens

Hottest ticket in Hong Kong – to the Sevens – up 8 per cent to HK$1,950

Increase is the first in four years and will give the Hong Kong Rugby Union an extra HK$6 million in revenue

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 July, 2017, 12:40pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 July, 2017, 11:30pm

Hong Kong Sevens fans face their first ticket increase in four years with the cost next year going up 8 per cent to HK$1,950.

The Hong Kong Rugby Union today announced the increase from HK$1,800 for this year’s event.

The world-renowned Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will be held on April 6-8 next year.

The extra revenue will swell the union’s coffers by up to HK$6 million to “meet the rising costs of the tournament and investment in local rugby”, said HKRU chief executive Robbie McRobbie.

The last two increases were 20 per cent – from HK$1,250 in 2010 to HK$1,500 and from HK$1,500 in 2012 to HK$1,800 in 2015.

“The costs associated with hosting not only the HSBC World Sevens Series but also both the men’s and women’s series qualifiers continue to rise,” McRobbie said.

“As a non-profit making organisation, all of the funds raised from the Sevens are recycled directly into local rugby and in particular into the creation of new playing facilities.”

McRobbie said the union had invested over HK$100 million into developing sports grounds, including HK$16 million to refurbish facilities at King’s Park and Tin Shu Wai.

Significant funds were also required, he said, for establishing fan zones in Chater Garden and Lee Gardens in Sevens week.