If you want to buy Hong Kong sevens tickets, you’ve come to the right place. We’re not going to try and sell them to you, but we will give you some honest and independent advice on where to buy HK Sevens tickets.
The Hong Kong Sevens take place in March at Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay – you can find out more about the actual event in our Hong Kong Sevens guide. Tickets for the three day event usually go on sale in January through a public sale open only to Hong Kong residents and in select travel agents abroad - and are always snapped up almost immediately. The tournament sells out every year.
Where to Buy Tickets
If you’re in Hong Kong and a Hong Kong resident your first port of call should be the official Hong Kong Sevens website. It’s here that they will announce the date for the public sale of tickets.
Tickets in Hong Kong are first distributed to rugby club members, friends of the club and sponsors – the remaining tickets are then put on public sale. The public sale is always massively oversubscribed and operated on a ballot basis. You can usually put your name down for the ballot in Autumn of the previous year, although it doesn't operate on a first come first served basis.
The least important day of the tournament is Friday and this is also the easiest one to bid for and get tickets. Saturday and Sunday are more difficult and tickets are more expensive.
If you miss out on the public sale or aren't a Hong Kong resident, there are still options available to you.
Buying Tickets Outside the Public Ballot
Many people buy up tickets only to resell them on. It’s a desperate practice that drives up prices of tickets but that's a problem for the HKRU to solve rather than average fan who year after year struggle to get tickets.
The official resale platform for the Hong Kong Sevens is Viagogo. The good news is that the tickets you find here are likely to be genuine and you'll have recourse if there are any problems - unlike with a tout or other resales.
Elsewhere, look to forums on Asiaxpat and Geoexpat to find tickets in the run up to Sevens. Of course the pitfalls are many; including thje possibility the tickets are fake and the inflated prices that you have to pay.
Despite the horror stories, there are always tickets on the day of the tournament outside the stadium - either from hungover expats who can't face another day in the stands or touts. The touts will rip you off – fact – with prices roller coasting with demand, but if you’re willing to stump up double the face value you should be able to get a ticket.
Thousands of tickets are also handed out to sponsors – many of whom have no intention of taking up their full allocation. Ask around and see if friends – especially those in the banking industry – can get hold of a spare ticket. The city's private clubs are also excellent sources for tickets.
Where to Buy Sevens Tickets – In the UK
Buying Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tickets in the UK can be easier than in Hong Kong – although not cheaper. Most tickets are sold by travel agents as part of a hotel and flight package with prices for four days anywhere from £800-1£000 pounds and upwards.
It’s worth mentioning that these package tours can be range from boisterous to downright naughty and expect your fellow journeymen to like a can of lager or two.
While we don’t have any experience in using them and so can’t recommend them, two long term travel agent names associated with Hong Kong Sevens packages are Gulliver Travel and England Rugby Travel.
Where to Buy Sevens Tickets – In Australia
The same deal applies, if you’re in Australia. Tickets are sold in package tours to the city. Try International Sports Tours, Keith Prowse Travel, Events Worldwide Travel or We Love Rugby for prices and availability.
Of course, if all else fails, go and watch the games amidst the madness of Wan Chai's bars