Gone are the days when shots of the vibrant crowd would hold as much action as rugby field. Tickets used to sell out within minutes! Many groups dressed in matching costumes, with some reports of up to 10,000 people per day filing into the Cake-Tin to cheer on their team. 2017 marked the biggest decline, with former New Zealand Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens claiming “There was just no atmosphere and no people there.”
Clearly, the days of the Wellington Sevens are over, so what’s the solution?
Where Should The Sevens Go?
Christchurch is clearly the best place to hold the next Sevens tournament!
Auckland already gets everything. Plus, can you imagine the congestion of people of crowds of people heading into an already overcrowded city? Chaos! Yes, Dunedin has an excellent stadium, but it doesn’t have the population to support the tournament without the students being there. Pushing the Sevens into February gets annoying for people who have already gone to work and are returning from holiday mode.
Cantabrians love rugby! People are moving to Christchurch from across New Zealand and the world for work, and would jump at the chance to see their home country playing at AMI Stadium.
Making Up For The Rugby World Cup
You cannot beat a summer’s day in Christchurch! Why host a party in wet and windy Wellington, when Christchurch has a history of stunning sunshine through January. On weather alone, Christchurch is a smarter choice for a Sevens tournament over Wellington.
Bring The Sevens To Christchurch
Let's bring the Sevens to Christchurch!