With exactly one year to go, tickets have gone on sale for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco and fans can now start to plan for what promises to be a very special celebration of world class sport.
Tickets are now on general sale at rwcsevens.com and are priced from just US$125 for a three-day pass as USA Rugby look to attract new fans to a sport that is already capturing hearts and minds within the sports-mad nation.
The event, hosted at the iconic AT&T Park (pictured above), home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, from 20-22 July 2018, aims to take the sevens experience to a new level and give it a uniquely American flavour in a live sports market renowned for its innovative and engaging fan experience.
With excitement building, organisers believe that the winning blend of an exciting new format, the presence of the world’s top men’s and women’s rugby sevens players, and an iconic host city, will make the three-day event one of the must-see attractions for domestic and international fans alike.
The tournament will bring together the world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams for three days of intense competition spread across two venues, including current RWC Sevens holders New Zealand who will be trying to retain the 2013 men’s and women’s titles they won in Moscow. While Olympic Games gold medal winners and current Oceania Rugby Sevens Champions Fiji (men) and Australia (women), will be pushing them all the way. Other Oceania Rugby members already qualified for next years tournament include Samoa (men) and Fiji (women), other Oceania Rugby members will be looking to the 2017 Oceania Rugby Sevens (men and women) and the 2017 South Pacific Mini Games (men) as their final chance to qualify for the 2018 event.
A programme of official supporter tour packages for visiting international and domestic fans will be announced shortly and further details can be found by visiting rwcsevens.com.
With rugby sevens at the cutting edge of fan-experience, a new, innovative format has been introduced for the tournament ensuring that every single match is critical for teams looking to progress to the final stages.
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With sevens having made a spectacular debut at the Olympic Games at Rio 2016, and the ongoing success and growth of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series including the HSBC Las Vegas Sevens every year, the sport has never enjoyed such a prominent global spotlight as it continues to grow beyond the traditional rugby heartlands.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “This is the day that sevens fans in the USA and around the world have been waiting for as the tickets for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 go on sale for the first time and they can start to plan their tournament experience.
“Through a competitive ticketing programme and a global broadcast platform, USA 2018 will give thousands of sports fans in the San Francisco Bay Area, all along the west coast of North America and around the world the opportunity to experience this thrilling, all-action sport up close and personal.
“Rugby sevens is going from strength to strength around the world with record participation figures, more men’s and women’s nations competing at the top level, record attendance numbers and ever-growing broadcast figures and I am sure that Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco will write another memorable chapter in the sevens success story.
Underscoring the global nature of the event, it was also announced that AIG and San Francisco Travel Association will join DHL as global partners for Rugby World Cup 2018, while official supplier Gilbert will provide the official match ball for the tournament.
USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “Today is a special landmark for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 as we are now engaging directly with the global rugby family and general public. We offer a warm welcome to all visitors to San Francisco and we are confident that you will leave knowing that you have been part of something special, a tournament that has connected with a new rugby frontier and one that has added to the sport’s reach and left its mark.
“Our goal is to deliver a spectacular Rugby World Cup Sevens that delivers a variety of ticket packages affordable for all visitors. And while spectators will come for the rugby, they will stay for everything else that the amazing city of San Francisco and its surrounding area has to offer. It really could be the rugby trip of a lifetime.”
Qualifying for the tournament kicked off earlier this year and with the identities of 15 men’s and 10 women's teams already known, anticipation is growing that RWC Sevens 2018 will provide yet another boost to the sport in what is an important growth market.
New format for RWC Sevens 2018