Tips and Tricks for Hong Kong’s Biggest Sporting Event
With the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens just around the corner, you’ve no doubt already got the perfect squad costume proudly hung in the living room… or you’re making a hasty dash to Pottinger (you brave, brave soul) this evening.
Read more about Hong Kong Rugby Sevens fancy dress costume ideas here
And with the outfits (almost) sorted, all that’s left in the countdown to the most hotly anticipated weekend of the year is to keep your stamina high and your livers cleansed in preparation for an unforgettable two days of sport and debauchery. But before rushing to the stadium in the early hours of Saturday morning, sneak a peek at our bite-size survival guide below with our top tips and things to remember, before you forget.
What to Take
Snacks and drinks – Okay sure, the stadium is a glass, container and bottle-free zone, but there’s no rule to say that you can’t bring a cheap, fabric cool bag in with you. The stadium is full of fast food vendors, as well as those walking around the stands selling fast food like pies and ice creams, and quite frankly, demolishing a piece of greasy fried chicken sounds like the dream when you’re several litres of beer down. But you’ll be giving yourself a pat on the back for packing a quick cheese sarnie and a bag of Doritos for yourself once you take a look at the queue for KFC. This goes for water too, girls (it’s all about staying hydrated!). We’ve found it handy in the past to use emergency water bags from Living Plaza which can store up to a litre of water, ultimately saving both pennies and time spent in huge lines.
See the full list of prohibited items at the Sevens here.
Wet Wipes/hand sanitiser – Obviously with so many people attending the games, the Sevens isn’t going to be cleanest. Already carrying half of the South Stand around the ankles of your animal onsie, cleanliness probably isn’t going to be at the forefront of your mind, but hand sanitiser is about to become your best friend once you’ve broken the dreaded seal…
Sunscreen/Hat – Odds are your costume has come with a head piece of sorts, but don’t forget to slip, slap, slop. With little coverage for the majority of the stands, you’re probably going to burn. Lotion up before leaving home and be done with it!
Bum Bag – This one is the mother of all Sevens hacks. Don’t bother bringing a shoulder bag with you – it’s going to get destroyed, covered in beer or left under a seat. Clip a bum bag around your waist and only take the essentials. Cash, phone (best to pop this one in a ziplock, I’ve been known to drop my phone in the pint glass sat around my neck) tissues, paracetamol, hydration salts (a mid-day life saver if you’re hoping to make it on to Wan Chai) and Imodium – if you’ve seen those toilet stalls past lunch time you’ll know why this one’s made the list.
If braving the South Stand just isn’t your thing, or you’re looking for a slightly tamer, more family-friendly orientated Sevens this year then there are heaps of alternatives to chugging warm pints…
Game stalls – There’s tons of fun things happening across the weekend, and this includes trying your hand at the game and entertainment stalls where you can win cool prizes.
Fan Stands – Fan stands are dotted around the stadium, and are a great place to buy souvenirs, memorabilia and rugby merchandise like the official Hong Kong Sevens and team jerseys as well as rugby balls which tend to go down a storm (and sell out fast!) – a perfect tool for collecting signatures too.
Half Time Entertainment – Probably the theme tune to the Sevens, The Proclaimers will be gracing the half time show, accompanied by the one and only David Hasselhoff… we’ve heard rumours of choreographed dancing.
Mini Rugby – Whether you’re heading down early to get into the South Stand or to set up camp in the West, check out the cool mini rugby tournaments held on pitch (schedule to be released soon) in the early hours – cute!
If you haven’t managed to bag yourself a ticket this year, don’t stress. This year it’s even easier to get into the spirit and soak up the Sevens atmosphere around town. Round up the stragglers and head on over to one of these happenings, set up in the front row or bag yourself an awesome foodie deal…
– Sevens to the Streets – On Thursday, 7 April, Chater Garden will be transformed into a mini Hong Kong Stadium, with a purpose-built rugby pitch, rugby skills games and competitions and plenty of food, beverage and entertainment, building up to the kick-off of the Sevens on Friday, 8 April! If you’re lucky you may even catch an early glimpse of the Hoff…
Chater Garden, Central, Hong Kong, www.hksevens.com/news
– HSBC Sevens Village – #BRINGYOURGAME and make your way to the HSBC Sevens Village where the weekend festivities are brought to you live on a giant screen – for free! With tons of food and drink vendors on hand, and several rugby legends like Brian O’Driscoll and Jason Robinson hanging about, you’re in for an awesome weekend, ticket or no ticket.
HSBC Sevens Village, Indian Recreation Club on 63 Caroline Hill Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.ironmongersevens.com/village
– Live Broadcast at Cyberport – The Podium are broadcasting the entire weekend live, with plenty of snacks and beverages on hand to dig into from neighbouring restaurants. Besides, if you spend over $100 you’ll snap up free parking!
The Podium, L4, The Arcade, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong
– Lee Tung Avenue – The 200 metre long, tree-lined pedestrian walkway in Wan Chai will be transformed into a Family Fun weekend market, where those shying away from the stadium crowds can enjoy a wide variety of treats. Tuck into Lee Tung Avenue tenants’ offers, which include cheeses and other dairy products, along with honey, wine and fresh produce from New Zealand wineries and farms.
Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
– Motorino – Turn up to any Motorino location in your fancy dress or a rugby jersey and get treated to a jug of beer when ordering any pizza!
Motorino SoHo, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong or Motorino Wan Chai, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.motorinopizza.com
– Linguini Fini – $65 pizzas and $5 PBRs from 12pm onwards? It’s obvious where we’re heading in between pints. (Offer valid between Friday, 8 April – Sunday, 10 April only)
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.linguinifini.com
– Burger Circus – Keep the party going with a free shot of Basil Hayden’s or Jack Daniel’s for those in fancy dress or rugby jerseys when ordering any burger! Additional shots are just $5, with the price going up by just $5 for each further shot knocked back thereafter.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.burgercircus.com.hk
– Frites – Head here for a bite to eat post-stadium madness and bag yourself a free glass of Stella Artois with any main course.
Frites, Shop 1, G/F, Park Haven, 38 Haven Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.frites.hk
– Double D Burger – What better way to physically (and mentally) prepare yourself for round two than with a hearty breakfast! Soak up last nights regrets from 6am with mouth-watering burgers and a bottle of ‘hair of the dog’ from $50. Show your ticket across the weekend and you’ll bag a free half pint with any burger purchase.
Double D Burger, Shop E, G/F, Duke Wellington House, 22 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.doubledburger.com
On a slightly more serious note, this one needs to be addressed. The Hong Kong Sevens is an incredible weekend with family and friends, and there’s no doubt that the stories will crop up in the pub for days afterwards. But with thousands of people attending and the temptation to really over do the alcohol is at every turn, so it can be reassuring to know that Kely Support Group is on hand to help with all drug and alcohol related incidents, providing support and treatment to anyone in need – no questions asked. Remember to drink responsibly girls and have fun!