We’ve put together a handy guide of tips and tricks to help you survive Hong Kong’s most famous sporting event.
With the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens just around the corner, you’ve no doubt already got the perfect squad costume proudly hanging in the living room… or you’re going to be making a hasty dash to Pottinger Street (you brave, brave soul) the night before the games.
So 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 three days. But before rushing to the stadium in the early hours of Saturday morning, don’t forget to sneak a peek at this survival guide which is packed with our top tips.
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What to Take
Snacks and Drinks
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. But while demolishing a piece of greasy fried chicken may sound like the dream when you’re several litres of beer down, you’ll be giving yourself a pat on the back for packing a cheese sarnie and a bag of Doritos when you see the queue for KFC. This goes for water, too (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. A quick reminder that if you’re buying booze inside the stadium, you’ll need to head to the North or South Stand, or to the lower level seats in the East or West Stands (you can’t consume alcoholic drinks while seated in the upper levels of the East and West Stands).
See the full list of prohibited items at the Sevens here.
Wet Wipes/Hand Sanitiser
With so many people attending the games, the Sevens isn’t going to be the cleanest place. Already carrying half of the South Stand around the ankles of your animal onesie, cleanliness probably isn’t going to be at the forefront of your mind, but hand sanitiser will become your best friend once you’ve broken the dreaded seal…
Odds are your costume has come with a headpiece of sorts, but don’t forget to slap on some sunscreen before leaving home. With the majority of the stands having little shade or coverage, it’s likely you’ll burn, so lotion up and be done with it!
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 bag, I’ve been known to drop my phone in the pint glass sat around my neck) tissues, paracetamol, hydration salts (a lifesaver if you’re hoping to make it on to Wan Chai) and Imodium – if you’ve seen those toilet stalls past lunchtime 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…
There are 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 are dotted around the stadium and are a great place to buy souvenirs, memorabilia and rugby merchandise (like the official Hong Kong Sevens jerseys). The rugby balls tend to go down a storm and are a perfect tool for collecting signatures (which is probably why they sell out fast!).
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!
If you haven’t managed to bag yourself a ticket, don’t stress. It’s easy 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 or bag yourself an awesome foodie deal…
Gwen Stefani Kick Off Concert
Go B-A-N-A-N-A-S for the ultimate Hollaback girl! Grammy-award winning Gwen Stefani will headline this year’s Hong Kong Sevens Festival with a one-time concert on Friday, 5 April. The best way to kick-off Sevens weekend! Find more info and get your tickets here!
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Festival at Lee Gardens & Eggsentially Art
Featuring live streaming of all the rugby action, Lee Gardens will also be home to street performances, state-of-the-art ninja courses and more.
Turn the pre-game weekend into a family event at the Lee Gardens Street Carnival. While you’re there, try out the rugby-themed egglettes.
Lee Gardens, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.hksevens.com/event-info/festival-2019
No ticket? No problem! Head down to the harbourfront and join in on the fun. The Sevens will be broadcasted live, with happy-hour drinks all day, and performances from tribute artists and street-performers from all over the globe. Bring a picnic and enjoy all the festivities. Oh, and keep your eye out for the amazing giveaways!
Central Harbourfront Event Space, 9 Lung Wo Road, Central, Hong Kong
Gather the gang for a pre-or post-Sevens feast packed with flavour and value. For the entire weekend, diners can dig in and try out the foodie deals. For $588, you can get two “Cubanos”, two Double Cheeseburgers and a whole heap of Cajun Fries (serves four), or try out the mega platter of nachos, wings and more ($315)! Come in your elaborate costumes for a Gweilo X JIA Champagne Pilsner on the house.
Commissary, Shop 405, 4/F Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.commissary.hk
Mirage Bar & Restaurant
The one-and-only Burger Challenge is back at Mirage Bar & Restaurant! Take on the challenge and try to finish the whopping OMG Burger ($666) – featuring 800g of prime beef, twelve strips of extra crispy smoked bacon, four fried eggs, condiments and a whole caramelised onion (and fries) in just 40 minutes. If you succeed, it’s free! Not up for the challenge? No worries. Check out the other selections, like the plant-based Impossible Burger ($258) or the seafood option, the Aqua Burger ($218).
Mirage Bar & Restaurant, 1/F Renaissance Harbourview Hotel, Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2802 8888, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hkghv-renaissance-hong-kong-harbour-view-hotel
There’s nothing like good old breakfast food to soak up all the alcohol from the night before. Feast on the Hong Kong Sevens Recovery Brunch ($268) at Komune and indulge to your heart’s (or stomach’s) desire. Help yourself to the main dish of your choosing, along with a mouthwatering spread of bread, cold cuts and cheeses, as well as shared platters of potato fritters and fried calamari with garlic aioli. And don’t forget to save some room for desserts. For an additional $100, diners can also enjoy unlimited access to the DIY Bloody Mary station for two hours.
Kömune, Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 3460 8157, www.komune.com.hk
Te Quiero Mucho
With a busy weekend at the South Stand ahead, what could be better than a couple of burritos and an ice-cold pint? Hong Kong’s favourite Mexican joint Te Quiero Mucho is serving special “Rugby Burritos” and a Pilsner Urquell beer for just $77 over the entire Sevens weekend (from 6:30am to 3pm). Make sure to head on over in your rugby jersey to get two-for-one drinks!
Te Quiero Mucho, 286 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3423 3290, www.mojonomad.com/central/te-quiero-mucho
To all pizza-lovers in town, Motorino’s not missing out on any Hong Kong Sevens action. Both branches are offering a beer on the house to anyone that comes in their costumes.
Motorino Soho, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 6881
Motorino Wan Chai, 5 Ship St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com
Shots, shots and more shots! Any rugby fan that’s in a costume or a jersey over the Sevens weekend will get a shot of Fireball on the house.
Burger Circus, 22 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2878 7787, www.burgercircus.com.hk
The Hong Kong Sevens is an incredible weekend with family and friends, but with thousands of people attending and a party like atmosphere, there could be a temptation for teens and youths when it comes to alcohol. So it’s reassuring to know KELY Support Group is on hand with their SOSKELY outreach initiative to help with drug and alcohol-related incidents, providing support, education and treatment to teens and youths that are in need during the Sevens.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Lexi Davey on 7, April 2016 and was updated by Abegaile Legaspi on 27, March 2019.