The Hong Kong Sevens (#HK7S) is arguably the most important event organised in Hong Kong. Every year rugby teams from all over the world convene in this Special Administrative Region of China to dispute this tournament, part of the Sevens World Series. This year it had a special meaning as it celebrated its 40th birthday!
The fireworks that have closed the Hong Kong Sevens tournament
The Rugby Sevens
I am no expert in rugby, but a game of rugby sevens is played by teams of seven players in two half times of seven minutes each (now the name becomes obvious 🙂 ). This is a shorter, more intense game than the “traditional” rugby, with a succession of games played over the three days of the tournament.
The Hong Kong Sevens’ ambiance
The Hong Kong Stadium hosts the Hong Kong Sevens tournament every year, and for this weekend, it fills with people from all over the world that come to support their teams.
The South Stand is the most coveted location, with waiting time in queue extending to hours. In theory, South Stand is the only area you can take booze in, but I mention in theory because the control in the other stands is close to nil. Unless you ostensibly try to get inside with a beer, you won’t be checked: the old rule “if I can’t see it you’re ok” applies here. Nevertheless, where most stands are civilised, the South Stand becomes the party arena. People dress up to get their “fan cam” moment (this year’s attraction was the Kim Jong-un impersonator), and hardly anyone watches the games. It’s all about having fun and drinking: a quick Instagram search on #hk7s hashtag will give you a glimpse of the ambiance. This partying does not come without a price. After a while, and especially on Sunday, you need to be buzzed to be able to ignore the stench of urine and vomit you get after a full day of excesses.
The New Zealand and Fiji teams enter the field for the final match, which was won by Fiji
Hong Kong during the Hong Kong Sevens
The Sevens is a weekend of partying, sports and entertainment. After the matches the crowds invade the usual nightlife spots: Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) and Wan Chai get overcrowded with people eager to continue the partying, mostly in good spirits. It is a weekend not to forget.
Have you ever been to the Hong Kong Sevens? What was the highlight for you?