By Kent Oszmanski, VP Sales, Rhino
Saturday - I walked around the entire stadium, which was fully staffed at every food and beverage vendor point. AT&T Park was prepared for a sellout crowd.
I donned my USA 7s Lincoln blazer, drawing many favorable glances. I honored all photo requests.
My Prime Sport hospitality package proved pricy but the cost was worth it to sit in peace and quiet and... Read More
Now start the drumbeats from home and abroad (mostly, the latter) that USA Rugby should consider a bid for the 2027 Rugby World Cup. This represents an out of sort’s proposal not based on reality. The artificial belief persists that rugby in the USA is a sleeping giant that only needs a global kiss to awaken it and generate millions of dollars from first-class, American-based rugby events
In... Read More
The close of the highly successful World Cup Sevens left one unsettled dispute; whether World Rugby should utilize the past week’s knock out format for future World Cup events. Traditionally, sevens’ tournaments used round robin play with eight Men’s and Women’s teams advancing into the quarterfinal round. This meant that a one match loss in the pool did not always impede advancement and a chance... Read More
With rugby sevens on a high after a spectacular and record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens that attracted over 100,000 fans in San Francisco, players and fans alike have been taking to social media to mark the milestone.
Sevens made an impressive Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016 with Australia’s women claiming the first rugby gold medal since the 1924 Games and Fiji’s men claiming their nation’s... Read More
Many of you are probably jetlagged, hungover or otherwise still reeling from a frenetic three days of World Cup rugby in San Francisco. Like Haz, I was seemingly one of few American rugby diehards unable to attend, so the only thing still haunting me is the image seared into my brain by New Zealand’s shorts.
Those things were tighter than the try zones at AT&T Park. So tight, in fact, Kurt... Read More
by Kent Oszmanski
I arrived at stadium late Friday evening surprised to see scalpers buying and selling tickets. I decided to sell my ticket at a slight gain from original purchase price three months ago.
After a couple of adult beverages in Pete’s Tavern, I got antsy to see USA Men play in final match of the day and attempted to enter through the SF Giants dugout flagship store. But I was... Read More
Congratulations to France for winning the FIFA World Cup 2018. In four years, the tournament will be played in Qatar, and four-years after in 2026, the USA, Mexico, and Canada will serve as the hosts.
In the past, the FIFA World Cup has been the most watched sports event around the globe, generating cumulative television viewership exceeding 40 billion. This recent event in Russia may surpass... Read More
USA Women's Team Named for World Rugby 7s World Cup - Coach Richie Walker named his squad for next week's Sevens World Cup July 20 - July 22 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Games televised on NBC Sports.
Nicole Heavirland (Captain)
WOMEN'S EAGLES SEVENS... Read More
Alan Whelan, a fifty-year plus fixture of rugby in New York City died at age 79.
He is most remembered for founding the Village Lions RFC in 1989, as an adjunct to his Red Lion pub on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. Whelan imported Anglo-Irish rugby talent by offering bartender and waiter positions at the restaurant.
From the outset, the Lions offered competitive rugby and outstanding... Read More
One of the more unusual aspects of international rugby is the fact that some nations use nicknames for their fifteens. Many are well known to the American rugby community, and emerge often in media reports like All Blacks and Springboks from New Zealand and South Africa. The Eagles are the name for the USA, but the Canadians use no nickname.
England mostly employs the nation’s title but... Read More