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Exciting changes for Sevens Wellington 2015

2 Sep 2014

Two years from now, the All Blacks Sevens will be amongst the best sevens rugby teams competing for Olympic gold. The road to Rio begins with the 2015 Sevens World Series, and Sevens Wellington fans will be some of the first to notice the on-field action heat up.

NZ in action against Samoa at Sevens Wellington 2013
NZ in action against Samoa at Sevens Wellington
Photo credit: ABOVE Ground Level Photography

They’ll also get to experience a number of enhancements to the 15-year tournament, including a decrease in price, beefier entertainment package, and greater access to the international sevens stars.

Tickets go on sale to the public on September 16, and will cost just $195 for two days of action-packed entertainment and atmosphere.

Tournament general manager Marty Donoghue said after some careful consideration, he was thrilled to be able to announce a price decrease for 2015.

“We surveyed over 3000 fans following this year’s tournament as part of our usual fan engagement, and the overall picture was very positive. However, two areas we have chosen to enhance relate to price, and an increase in the entertainment that runs alongside the rugby.

“This year we’ve put together a package we think is extremely valuable for the price we’re offering.”

The tournament is proud to have secured international disco phenomenon KC and the Sunshine Band, one of the most successful disco acts of all time, whose roster of huge hits includes That's the Way (I like it), Shake Shake Shake, Boogie Shoes, Get Down Tonight, and Give It Up.

In what is his first visit to New Zealand, KC will play on day one of the tournament, during a break in the international sevens rugby action. He will be supported by an enhanced version of the musical line-up that sevens-goers already know and love.

“I’m super excited to come to New Zealand for the very first time and party with the legendary crowd at Sevens Wellington,” he said.

Starting on Waitangi Day, the tournament will also offer Premier and Family Zone prices at a decreased rate, including a significant drop in kids’ tickets to just $40.

Donoghue said the two zones had also been a key focus for the tournament, with the Premier Zone now offering access to Westpac Stadium’s Mezzanine Lounge. The family area would be relocated to a prime spot on halfway, while both zones would give attendees the opportunity to interact with the international sevens stars.

Donoghue said the tournament had every expectation of being granted a special liquor licence, and would continue to work closely with Wellington Police and Westpac Stadium.

“We recently held a meeting with all parties, and the initial indications around the proposed alcohol management plan are positive.”

Donoghue said a lot of research and work had taken place over the past six months, and it was exciting to be able to announce some of the outcomes ahead of tickets going on sale on September 16.

“We’re feeling very positive about the 2015 tournament and the experience we’re creating for fans.
“There are very few places where you can watch and enjoy two days’ worth of world-class sport and entertainment, and we’re extremely lucky to have that on our doorstep here in Wellington.”


Olympic Rugby

  • 16 teams in action
  • The top four teams from the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series will automatically qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Ticket prices have decreased to;

General admission (2 days) $195
Premier Zone $239

Family Zone

  • Adults $195
  • Children $40

One day tickets will not be for sale this year.


The international act has been confirmed as KC and the Sunshine Band.

  • Sevens Wellington will be the band’s first ever performance in New Zealand.
  • They will perform a 20-minute set on-field, on day one of the tournament.
  • Their hit songs include That's the Way (I Like It), Shake, Shake, Shake, Boogie Shoes, Get Down Tonight, and Give It Up.
  • The Westpac Stadium plaza area will act as an additional entertainment hub, with the costume catwalk a central part of this activity. DJs will be playing from 11am-8pm on both days.
  • Additional supporting entertainment acts will be announced in due course.
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