Fans in for a week of fun and games at the biggest Hong Kong Sevens party yet

Meet the stars, try your hand at rugby and dance the night away at HK Sevens Central in Chater Garden

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 3:16pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 3:53pm

This year’s Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens party will be bigger than ever, with the HK Sevens Central celebrations to run for a week leading up to the main event.

Chater Garden will be transformed into a mini Hong Kong Stadium from April 3-9, giving fans the opportunity to try rugby, meet the stars of the Sevens and enjoy a week of music, food and drink.

“Last year’s festivities in Chater Garden attracted thousands and we are excited to be expanding this successful concept in 2017,” said Sam Pinder, head of the Sevens for the Hong Kong Rugby Union.

“This week-long party is one of many initiatives designed to share the Sevens with the whole community.

“We want people all over Hong Kong – and around the world – to feel part of this globally renowned event, and to enjoy it just like those inside the stadium.”

In keeping with the atmosphere of the Sevens, world-class rugby and a host of hospitality options will be the hallmarks of the festival, with Chater Garden to feature a purpose-built rugby pitch, rugby games and competitions and official merchandise booths.

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Visitors will have a chance to rub shoulders with past and present stars of the global game with a team of HKRU rugby ambassadors including Waisale Serevi, Ben Gollings, Jean de Villiers, Justin Harrison, Gareth Thomas and New Zealand Black Fern and Olympic sevens silver medallist Huriana Manuel all joining the party.

An expanded programme of autograph sessions featuring the participating teams will also be staged, enabling local and visiting fans to wish their favourite players luck ahead of kick-off.

There will be live music each night from 6pm, with concerts interspersed with Q&A sessions featuring HKRU rugby ambassadors and other international athletes.

Once the main event gets under way, Chater Garden promises to be the best place outside of So Kon Po to watch the action with giant screens and live commentary.

From a hospitality perspective, celebrity chefs will be on hand at the three pop-up restaurants set for Chater Garden, reinterpreting classic rugby fare to keep the energy levels high with a dash of style.

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There will also be a range of community rugby activities staged on a daily basis, including clinics and demonstrations for young rugby fans.

The good works of the HKRU Community Foundation, which promotes sport as a medium for development with a focus on health, disability, education and youth crime prevention, will be showcased on April 4.