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The Women's Sevens World Series is coming back to the U.S.A this fall, as Glendale's Infinity Park has been tabbed the newest stop for the now six-tournament series. Glendale will kick off the 2018/2019 season, which will serve as the first qualification vehicle for the 2020 Olympics, Oct. 20-21.
The USA has hosted a stop on the women's circuit every season since the inaugural in 2012/2013, except for the current season. USA Rugby ran the event from 2012-2016, the first two years at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston and the latter three at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. At both venues, the event struggled to draw attendance. In 2017, the women's tournament was folded into the men's stop in Las Vegas.
"We are thrilled to have a HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series stop return to the United States next season,” said USA Rugby General Manager of Women’s High Performance, Emilie Bydwell, “With the considerable growth of women's rugby, having a home tournament provides an access point for the community with our Women's Eagles Sevens. Glendale is an incredible venue and the opportunity to kick off an Olympic Qualification Season at home in front of our athletes' family, friends and fans is amazing. Subsequently, followed up by the Women’s Eagles home match against the Black Ferns just two weeks later, demonstrates commitment to driving the Women's game forward in this country.
Glendale Mayor, Mike Dunafon, added, “We are honored to have been chosen as the venue to host the HSBC USA Women’s Sevens tournament; and look forward to welcoming the athletes, families, and fans to RugbyTown USA.”
The full schedule for the 2018/2019 season is yet to be announced. Both the men's and women's current seasons come to a close this weekend in Paris.