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Hamilton gets extended run with World Rugby Sevens Series event
Hamilton will continue to be the host city for the New Zealand leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with the 2020 event expanded to include a full women’s tournament.
New Zealand Rugby announced this morning it had gained a four-year extension of the World Rugby license to host an international sevens event – meaning Hamilton’s FMG Stadium Waikato will be the venue for the tournament again in 2020.
Hosting the tournament in Hamilton is the result of a partnership involving Hamilton City Council (as owner of FMG Stadium Waikato), NZR and 37 South Events.
Hamilton has hosted two hugely successful HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series events, in 2018 and 2019, both of which were sell-outs. The 2019 event featured a four-team Fast Four women’s tournament dominated and won by the Black Ferns Sevens.
In addition, depending on the outcome of ongoing discussions with the Fiji Rugby Union, Hamilton could alternate as a host city with a Fijian centre over the next four years.
Chad Hooker, Operations Director for the Hamilton City Council’s H3 division – responsible for management of FMG Stadium Waikato – says sharing the tournament with Fiji reflects the energy and passion the Pacific Island nation brings to sevens rugby.
Hooker advised "we’re delighted NZR has secured the event for the next four years.
“It’s been great to have had the event for the last two years, with a third one coming up.
“We’re happy to share it with Fiji – the team and its fans have helped make the tournament incredibly successful in Hamilton.”
Hooker says learnings from the inaugural hosting of the tournament informed improvements to how the event was managed in 2019, adding “and we’ll be looking to step it up again in 2020.
“The addition of a full leg of the women’s series being a great example of that."
37 South Events Managing Director Dallas Fisher consluded “we are thrilled the New Zealand home of the HSBC NZ Sevens has now been confirmed as Hamilton.
“We have completed two great tournaments with tremendous support from the Council, emergency services, volunteer groups and the local community. It’s very encouraging to see this recognised by both New Zealand Rugby and World Rugby and for the Sevens to become a cornerstone event for the upper North Island.”
Image: World Rugby HSBC Sevens 2018 at FMG Stadium Waikato.
1st February 2019 - Hamilton stadium manager presented with piece of history
13th December 2018 - Further accolades beckon for H3 and Hamilton’s events
5th February 2018 - Hamilton’s H3 renews Ticketek partnership
22nd November 2017 - H3 Operations Manager named EVANZ Operations Manager of the Year
10th October 2017 - H3 helps shine spotlight on event industry excellence
11th April 2017 - Hong Kong Sevens continues as the pinnacle of the Sevens World Series
2nd January 2017 - Entertainment program aims to boost attendance at Wellington Sevens
8th December 2016 - Hamilton’s H3 group secures two top national venue industry awards
17th January 2016 - Wellington Sevens organisers confirm ‘slow’ ticket sales
31st July 2015 - FMG secures naming rights for Waikato Stadium
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