Hamilton’s second performance on the world’s Sevens rugby stage has been a success.
The city’s FMG Stadium Waikato hosted the HSBC New Zealand Sevens 26 and 27 January. Attendance on both days surpassed the 2018 event with a sell-out crowd of more than 25,000 packing in for finals day to watch fast-paced sevens rugby from the world’s top teams.
Hamilton Mayor Andrew King says the event was another demonstration of the adaptability of the venue, the commitment of the staff who run it – and the close collaboration between Hamilton City Council, New Zealand Rugby and events company 37 South.
“We’ve had another great trouble-free HSBC New Zealand Sevens tournament,” Mayor King says.
“The women’s Fast Four tournament, featuring our world champion Black Ferns, added another great dimension and for parochial Kiwi fans.”
Mayor King says Hamilton continues to build on its reputation as “can do” city that delivers world-class events.
“I’m immensely proud of the city, the venue and the people who have delivered the tournament over the weekend. The energy, passion and behaviour of the crowds has been brilliant – and the Sevens in Hamilton has really lived up to expectations again.”