The USA 7s ticket sales are reportedly brisk, with sales well ahead of last year at this time.
But there is also more space this year, as the tournament is over three days. While space is dwindling on Saturday and Sunday, and fans should get moving if they want tickets, there is still room for Friday’s first two pool matches.
The pool matches will begin at 4pm on Friday afternoon and run until after 9pm. On Saturday, Day Two, the final round of pool matches will begin at noon. Just before 3pm the semifinals of the USA Women’s International 7s will be held, followed by the Bowl Quarterfinals and then the Cup Quarterfinals.
Also slated for Saturday will be the final of the CRC Qualifier (the Collegiate 7s tournament at the Las Vegas Invitational) and the final of the Men’s Elite 7s (featuring several national teams and pro teams).
Games end just after 7pm, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Play starts early on Sunday with the Shield Semifinals at 9:20am.
The Women’s International final just after noon will start the run of final matches, culminating in the Cup Final at a little before 2:30 pm.
Meanwhile, it’s a big weekend for rugby around the world. Not only will 16 international 7s teams be at the USA 7s, but several other national teams will be in the Elite 7s in the LVI. All Tier II nations will be in Las Vegas to discuss the global schedule, while the USA Rugby Board will also be meeting. Also in attendance will be members of the US Olympic Committee, which will be studying how the tournament is run and how the athletes are cared for.
NBC will show a large portion of Saturday’s pool play, and the Bowl, Plate and Cup Final (along with the 3rd/4th game) on Sunday.
NBC Sports Network (previously Versus) will show quarterfinals action on Saturday and semifinals action on Sunday. Universal Sports will show morning games on Sunday.
Last year’s tournament reported a paid attendance of 49,900, with total attendance over 52,000. Tournament Director Dan Lyle said the addition of a third day of competition, along with increased ticket sales for 2012 will c0nfirm the USA 7s by far the most-attended rugby event in American history.
(It’s likely last year’s was the most-attended rugby even in US history, however it’s possible some college games in the early part of the 20th Century, when football was banned, could have approached 50,000.)
“The event is growing at a great rate and our commitment to producing the best sporting and spectator experience is at the core of what we do every day,” said Lyle. “Las Vegas, including our new partnerships with Stations Casino Group and Caesars takes us to another level for the fans. There will be something for everyone and we are very excited as we look to lead not only to new levels each year in the US, but amongst our series partners and their tournaments.”