The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is like a comfort blanket. No matter which spring weekend when it actually comes around, you know exactly what you are in for. Sure, there’s loads of people every year who are experiencing their very first Sevens but for the rest of us it is comfortingly familiar. In many ways it’s like a family sat round the television in their front room – everyone has their place. The head-the-balls are going at it hammer and tongs in the South Stand, the suits are volleying the vol-au-vents and Veuve Clicquot down their throats in the corporate suites, and the teen tearaways are posted up on the top of the West Stand necking Carlsberg like there’s no tomorrow. There are familiar faces wherever you look and you’re bound to bump into friends from out of town that you’re not expecting to see – it is “where the world comes to play after all”. Even the touts are the same year in, year out. They are on the same corners, with the same patter. The only thing that changes over time is the colour of their hair and their Air Max 95s. Everyone, every year, gets that same sense of excitement in the stomach when you walk round the corner and the vista of Hong Kong Stadium comes into view. However you choose to enjoy your Sevens, you’re sure that you are going to. A retractable pitch flowing into a harbour amphitheatre – here’s the Kai Tak Sports Park design you will never see There’s a certainty to the Sevens, it’s reliable, you could almost run your watch by it. It’s a week before when everyone starts asking for tickets. It’s Friday afternoon when some folk are throwing caution to the wind and jeopardising their Saturday plans. It’s 7am Saturday morning when Causeway Bay’s 7-Elevens are as busy as Lan Kwai Fong’s on a Christmas Eve. You know that you’re going to see the same costumes, Mexican waves and people dancing like there’s no one watching until they stop when they catch themselves on the big screen. Just as you know that no matter who you support, you actually support Fiji. You know you’re going to get a truly bonkers opening ceremony, a singsong to Sweet Caroline , and the opening strains of 2 Unlimited’s Get Ready For This 77 times over three days – the Hong Kong Sevens must have more than covered the cost of a couple of conservatories in the Netherlands over the years. It’s the familiarity that means you won’t question why there’s people doing the Single Ladies dance on the pitch as entertainment, or why a cover band rather than a headline act will rock you for Saturday’s half-time show. Hong Kong Sevens 2019 live blog: Paul John's men get off to a good start after beating Philippines The old stadium might be in need of a bit of TLC with its peeling paint, sun-battered seats and concrete that’s weathered worse than some of the faces in the South Stand come Sevens Sunday morning. But it’s charmingly ramshackle and it’s key to the Sevens experience. Like a radio tuned in to Hit FM, it’s the perfect place to give people what they want, which it turns out, is what they know. Hong Kong Sevens: ‘40 teams are already a burden, can we handle 12 more?’ – HKRU wary of staging four events Don’t get it wrong, there have been some concessions to 2019. There’s Aperol spritz and Impossible burgers for the ‘gram and a hashtag – #hk7s – to accompany those snaps. The effort to put an end to single use plastic is another modern innovation, but all in all, it’s the familiarity that makes the Sevens. So the big question for those behind Hong Kong’s biggest and most successful sporting event is whether they can move it wholesale when the time comes to go to Kai Tak Sports Park in 2023. Your new home is never a home to start with. It’s a building and for all its shiny edifice, it lacks the character that comes with being lived in. It’s human nature – there’s a reason you kick off your shoes to pop your slippers on when you get home. Nevermind the stadium, it is all going to be brand new. Hong Kong Sevens: 940kg of leftover stadium food helps feed 1,600 needy people Looking at another football code, the move from an old stadium to a new one can never be a truly smooth process. English Premier League side Spurs are the latest to find that out. When it comes to the players, such moves are usually welcomed – facilities are modernised if not state of the art – but the fans often tell a different story. For all the fans’ excitement at the new stadium’s architecture and infrastructure, it won’t have either the memories or the personality of White Hart Lane for some time yet. All the craft ales, automated beer taps and cashless bars in the world can’t make it a home. Change comes for us all, though. And it will be fine – especially if Fiji win – but until then we should enjoy the Sevens exactly as it is while we still can.