All You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Sevens

All You Need to Know About the Hong Kong Sevens

12 December 2023

It’s Sevens season! Come celebrate the final hurrah at Hong Kong Stadium, before we move to our new home in Kai Tak Sports Park in 2025. Our iconic stadium is set to be rammed with fans from all over the globe – whether you’re a rugby nut, a fancy dress fanatic or a complete newbie, we want you front and centre.

Here are 10 top tips to help you make the most of Hong Kong’s hottest sports event. Ready to play?

1. Tournament 101

7s is a fast-paced, shorter version of the traditional game, with two halves of 7 minutes each and 7 players per team. Score a try for 5 points and a conversion (post-try kick) for 2 additional points. Players battle it out for points on the HSBC World Sevens Series. The louder you cheer, the better they play.

2. The lowdown on logistics

Take the MTR to Causeway Bay (Exit F), then join the buzzing throngs of 7s fans to make the pilgrimage up Caroline Hill Road. You’ll see coffees, croissants and the odd beer in hand as fans vie for the best seats in the house. Head to the Hong Kong Stadium website for specific info on location, access and regulations. Gates open at 7:30am on Friday, 7:00am on Saturday and 8:00am on Sunday. Southstanders swarm in early but other stands are more relaxed as people come and go. Not sure which stand is your vibe? Read on …

3. Take a seat, make a stand

All 4 stands of the Hong Kong Stadium offer great views of the action but have different selling points. Here’s what you need to know.

  • The North Stand is for people keen to get a closer look at the players, follow every second of the action and maybe even sit with the famous Fijian fans in light blue.
  • The East Stand, especially right at the top, is ideal for some semblance of peace and quiet – especially popular on Sunday mornings if you’re nursing a heavy head.
  • The South Stand is notorious for its fun, games and debauchery. It’s the iconic, wild side that may spring to mind when you think “HK7s” but actually only makes up a quarter of the stands.
  • The West Stand is for hardcore rugby fans, filling game scores in newspapers and actually watching the rugby.
4. Packing essentials

Tried-and-tested fanny pack staples include: Pain killers, sunscreen, wet wipes, plasters, a loaded Octopus Card, sunglasses, a battery pack, and enough cash for drinks and a late-night taxi home. Don’t forget a rain jacket or bin bag (for classy fans) – April in Hong Kong is notorious for its surprise downpours.

5. A family-friendly 7s

The 7s is a weekend for the whole family. So many of us, now in our *ahem* adult years, have fond memories of watching the game from our parents’ shoulders. Trying to keep little ones in their seats? Try a costume-edition round of “I spy with my little eye…” (bonus points if you spot Peppa Pig) or snag a souvenir or two from sponsor booths on the main concourse.

6. Dress to impress

Rugby jerseys and “I heart HK” tops are the height of HK7s fashion – but if you’re braving the South Stand, it’s a whole new ballgame. Smurfs, Minions, lifeguards, Ninja Turtles and Wonder Woman all make regular appearances in the stands. This year, expect to see plenty of neon, bold patterns, butterfly clips and scrunchies as we turn back time to celebrate 30+ years at the Hong Kong Stadium. Need inspiration? Hit up Pottinger Street, Ladies Market and Sham Shui Po and tag us in your stories for a chance to feature on our Instagram!

Remember to keep it decent, don’t go so big you block your bestie’s view, and avoid props that may be mistaken for real weapons. For the lowdown on clothing do’s and don’ts, check out the stadium’s rules before you go. Tip: Closed-toe shoes are key to combat the signature sticky stadium floors.

7. Pre-game

Eat a hearty breakfast before you head out for the day. With 3 days of action ahead, now is the time to carbo load! A local cha chaan teng brunch always hits the spot – think macaroni and eggs on toast or a hearty bowl of beef noodles. Keep in mind that restaurants in the area will be busy, but you can always leave the stadium and re-enter.

8. Names to know

On or off the pitch, this global tournament boasts global names. This year, we’re pumped to welcome to the stadium reggae royalty the Wailers, and Journey frontman Arnel Pineda. What are you waitting for? Dust off those air guitars and start jammin’!

Former players and 7s icons also often make an appearance – keep an eye on our website to find out who’ll be gracing the stadium with their presence this year!

9. Hometown heroes

With men’s, women’s and mini teams on the pitch, there’ll be plenty to cheer for at this year’s 7s. No matter who you’re supporting, be sure to shout out our very own HK7s teams. Sporting both familiar faces and the next generation, our home teams have put – quite literally – blood, sweat and tears into the game. Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook channels for a chance to get to know them a little better.

10. Lyrics to learn

It only takes a few choice lyrics to feel like a true 7s fan. With this year’s world-class entertainment lineup, be sure to brush up on classics like Three Little Birds and Jammin’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as the ubiquitous Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey.

Timeless tunes that return year after year to stadium-wide cheers include Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners, Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis, Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, I’m Always Here by Jimi Jamison (“Baywatch” theme song), Red Red Wine by UB40, I’m Going to Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers, and Hey Baby by DJ Ötz.

Game on!