30 Mar 14
Mr Trevor Gregory, Chairman of the HKRFU said, "The HKRFU is pleased to confirm that tickets for next year's Hong Kong Sevens will be held via public ballot. The change in retailing method is in keeping with our commitment to ensure that tickets are distributed as conveniently and equitably as possible. With a seven week registration period we believe that all interested spectators will be able to register at their convenience and that the 'luck of the draw' will ensure the fairest spread of tickets to the public."
The registration window for the public ballot will begin at 9.00am tomorrow (December 13) and conclude at 5.00pm on Monday, 4 February 2013. Applicants can register for the public ballot via the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union website by clicking here as well as via the official Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens website by clicking here.
To ensure the widest possible distribution of tickets in the local community, each patron will be limited to purchase a maximum of two tickets. Each applicant must be aged 18 or above and can apply for a maximum of two tickets in any combination of adult and children's tickets. Please note that children's tickets (age 12 or under) are available in limited quantities and will only be sold while supplies last.
Each applicant will also be required to verify their local residency with valid Hong Kong ID card details and postal address for registered mail or courier services.
The ticket ballot draw will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Successful applicants will then have two weeks to pay for their tickets (Friday 8 February - Friday 22 February 2013). In the case of tickets allocated through the draw remaining unpurchased after the expiry of the payment period, a re-draw will be held on Monday February 25. Ticket distribution will start on Friday 1 March 2013 via collection from the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union offices or by registered mail.
Ticket prices remain fixed at the 2012 tournament levels with an adult, 3-day ticket priced at HK$1,500 while children's tickets are retailed at HK$150 for youth aged 12 and under on or before March 22, 2013. A HK$100 administration fee (one per each successful ballot application) will be levied.
Following the continued increased demand from Hong Kong clubs and Youth and Mini Rugby, (all of which have been experiencing a sustained year-on-year growth of 10%), the HKRFU expects that after the completion of the pre-sales period to HKRFU Clubs and stakeholders and the public ballot, 75% of the available event tickets will have been retailed in Hong Kong.
To further enhance ticket security, a new international supplier with experience in printing secure bank notes is producing the tickets for the 2013 tournament. Increased security features will be incorporated into the ticket itself with handheld scanners being used at the Hong Kong Stadium gates for the first time for the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in 2013.
All interested spectators are reminded that only tickets sold through the official ticketing agencies for the event or through the Hong Kong Sevens public ballot are ensured to be genuine. All spectators are reminded to purchase tickets from official channels only and should be aware that not doing so leaves them at risk.
With the hosting of 28 international teams for the first time in the event's 38-year history, the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens promises to be the biggest and best Hong Kong Sevens ever. Information on participating teams will be announced later. The 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will be held from March 22 - 24 at the Hong Kong Stadium.
For more information on the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens please click here