Iconic AT&T Park will provide the spectacular backdrop to the four-day Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in July, 2018 that features 24 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams competing for the title of World Champions. San Francisco 2018 will be the seventh-edition of the global tournament and the third to feature both men’s and women’s competitions. A vibrant new logo for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 depicts the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Fans are encouraged to sign up to register their interest in tickets via the official tournament website.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this prestigious World Rugby tournament in 2018. Since our ballpark opened in 2000, we have hosted many world-class events,” said San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. “To now have the opportunity to welcome the top rugby sevens players and their fans from all over the world to AT&T Park is a great honor for us.”
This will be the seventh staging of the tournament, which has previously been held in Edinburgh, Hong Kong (twice), Mar del Plata, Dubai and Moscow. Having won both the men’s and women’s events at the famous Russian venue of Luzhniki Stadium, New Zealand will be back to defend their titles but will likely face considerable resistance in the form of Olympic gold medalists Australia (women’s) and Fiji (men’s), not to mention strong home competition from both USA sides.
“The success of rugby sevens at the recent Olympic Games in Rio gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle,” said World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont. “Being a vibrant and exciting city, San Francisco is the perfect place to stage this tournament, which in the past has provided plenty of thrilling rugby action. And we are delighted that AT&T Park will be the venue, providing spectators with great facilities and affording the teams the sort of stage befitting of their athleticism and skills.
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