Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco might still be eleven months away, but the excitement is already building and the enthusiasm is unmistakable. Only one week after tickets went on sale in July, the organizers announced a record number of tickets sold and urged fans who plan to attend to book soon to avoid missing out. Fans from a total of 36 nations, not to mention every single state in the USA, have bought tickets. It’s safe to say this will be a very special celebration of a world-class sport that is going to have a truly international feel.
We knew this would be a popular tournament.USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne
In a recent press release, USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We knew this would be a popular tournament. The importance we are placing on delivering a successful event and how that ties with growing the game in America can't be overstated.”
From July 20-22, 2018, the tournament will bring together the world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams for three days of intense competition at AT&T Park – a world-class and iconic venue that is home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. New Zealand will be defending their 2013 men’s and women’s titles from Moscow, while Olympic Games gold medal winners Fiji (men) and Australia (women) will be among those looking to push them all the way. Both USA men’s and women’s teams will be competing to keep their respective titles in the country and ensure an energized local crowd.
A cutting-edge fan experience
With rugby sevens at the cutting edge of fan experience, a new, innovative format has been introduced for the tournament, ensuring that every single match is critical for teams looking to progress to the final stages. In a country renowned for innovative and engaging fan experiences and where fans love their live sports, USA Rugby aims to take the sevens experience to a new level and give it a uniquely American flavor.
The sport has never enjoyed such a prominent global spotlight, as it continues to grow beyond the traditional rugby heartlands. After a remarkable debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the ongoing success and growth of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which includes the HSBC USA Las Vegas 7s, the stage has been set for a spectacular Rugby World Cup 2018.
More than one million men, women and children now regular play what is one of the USA’s fastest growing team sports.
The magnificent AT&T Park in San Francisco will provide an impressive stage for the world’s top men’s and women’s rugby sevens players to showcase their talent ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. A major tourism and sports location with a strong rugby community, the San Francisco Bay area boasts superb facilities that will ensure that the teams have everything that they require in their quest to be crowned world champions.
The event will also provide a perfect opportunity for rugby to capture hearts and minds in the USA, where rugby participation and interest continues to experience record growth with more than one million men, women and children now regularly playing what is one of the nation’s fastest growing team sports.
DHL a proud Global Partner
We can hardly suppress the excitement ourselves – and we’re tremendously proud to be a part of Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. As a Global Partner and the Official Logistics Partner of tournament, we’ll be providing logistics support to the organizers in any way we can, and we’ll also do our part to help spread the word and our passion for this exciting and growing sport. Our partnership with Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 reaffirms our commitment to a sport which shares many of our core values, such as teamwork, passion and a will to win. It’s a sport we’re proud to get behind and to deliver to new and existing fans across the globe. And we hope to help nurture interest in, and a love for, the sport among fresh enthusiasts and potential stars of the future. Find out more about our passion for and partnership with the sport of rugby right here on DHL InMotion.
Visit rwcsevens.com to learn more and purchase tickets.