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The first sevens event in Canada turned out to be a success on the field and off. The matches were played inside the covered BC Place stadium (first time for covered play in any HSBC World Rugby 7s).
The organizers covered the upper bowl of the stadium, leaving half of the 56,000 seats for sale. The stadium sold out its 28,000 seats quickly, and 5,000 extra seats were opened to the sellout crowd. It is likely that next year, more seats will become available, and then, Canada can approximate new venue Capetown’s 35,000 per day, two-day crowd.
The local Canadian media wrote unstinting praise for the tournament:
North Shore News - Rugby Sevens Scintillates At BC Place
Rob Cornelius, VP Business Development at United World Sports LLC, operator of the Las Vegas Sevens, visited the Vancouver tournament and commented with praise. He said, “The hospitality inside the stadium and the city was fantastic. Attendance was mainly Canadian, and not as international a crowd as we see in Dubai or Las Vegas. The fans knew beforehand the importance of costuming and came bedecked in some great outfits.”
Kudos then to the Canadians for running a first-class event that was exciting to watch and visit.