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Rugby: Hong Kong Sevens ticket ballot opens; Village People confirmed

Registration for the Hong Kong Sevens ticket ballot begins November 1, while fans at the 2015 event will be entertained by the Village People. Photo: c/o HKRFU.

Registration for the Hong Kong Sevens ticket ballot begins November 1, while fans at the 2015 event will be entertained by the Village People, who should fit in nicely. Photo: c/o HKRFU.

October 31, 2014: Online registration for the public ballot draw for 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens tickets will begin on November 1 and close on January 31, 2015, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) announced. Next year’s event will be held from March 27-29.

 

The 3,000 tickets for the public sale will again be distributed on a daily basis, creating 9,000 opportunities for participants.

 

The HKRFU has increased adult ticket prices to HK$1,800 for a full three-day tournament pass, citing increasing operating costs due to the advent of a 28-team event that incorporates a 12-team qualifier for a core place on the HSBC Sevens World Series.

 

Adult daily ticket prices in the public ballot will be set at HK$300 for Friday and HK$750 for Saturday and Sunday respectively. Children’s ticket prices will remain at HK$150.

 

Ballot applicants can apply to attend all three days of the event and may win across multiple entries for access to the event on multiple days. Once registration is complete, a separate ballot will be held for each day of the tournament. The draw will be held on February 4, 2015.

 

The HKRFU expects that after the completion of the pre-sales period to local rugby clubs, stakeholders and the public ballot, 92 per cent of event tickets will have been retailed in Hong Kong. A further six per cent are reserved for overseas ticketing agents and two per cent for the participating teams.

 

Vern Reid, CEO of the HKRFU, said: “The HKRFU is pleased to confirm that the public sale for tickets to the 2015 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will again be held via public ballot. With the decision to distribute the remaining tickets on a daily pass basis, creating over 9,000 opportunities to be successful in the ballot, last year’s process was felt to offer the most convenient and equitable manner for the public and the ballot was well received by the local community.”

 

Addressing the increase in ticket prices, Reid said: “With 70 matches and nearly 40 hours of world-class rugby and entertainment on offer throughout the weekend, the Hong Kong Sevens is one of the best entertainment values in world sport.

 

“With the expanded number of hosted teams at the Sevens, our operating expenses continue to rise significantly. As the Sevens is the primary financial driver of all domestic rugby, including our HK$118 million investment in developing pitches and sports training facilities in recent years, we have had to increase the ticket prices to safeguard the financial viability of Hong Kong Rugby.”

 

The Village People have also been confirmed as the official in-stadium entertainment, following the Beach Boys in 2013 and Queen Extravaganza in 2014. The iconic disco group should fit in seamlessly with the event’s fancy-dress frolics and prove a hit with classics like YMCA, Macho Man and In the Navy.

 

How to register for the public ballot

Applicants can register for the public ballot via https://ballot.hksevens.com. Enquiries on the public ballot will be fielded via a special email address: ballot@hksevens.com. The ballot will be held on Wednesday, 4 February 2015, with winners notified electronically on the same day.

 

Each applicant is allowed only one entry per person per event day in the ballot. Each successful applicant can apply for a maximum of two tickets per day. Application may be made for a variety of ticket categories including one adult ticket, two adult tickets or one adult and one child ticket. Entrants must be Hong Kong Identity cardholders and 18 years or over on the day of their application.

 

Ticket prices for the individual day categories are set at HK$300 for adult tickets for Friday and HK$750 each day for adults for Saturday and Sunday. Children’s tickets will be charged at HK$50 per day while each successful ticket application will be levied with an administration fee of HK$50.

 

All interested spectators are reminded that only tickets sold through the official international ticketing agencies, through the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union member Clubs and via the public ballot are ensured to be genuine. Those purchasing tickets from non-official channels should be aware that doing so leaves them at risk.

 

Source: HKRFU (www.hkrugby.com); Editing by SportAsia

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