The inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver has received a boost after ticket sales surpassed 95 percent capacity for the March 12-13 event.
The World Sevens Series leg will see the largest ever rugby crowd in Canadian history attend the exciting 16-team tournament at BC Place.
"We can feel the momentum building as we head into the final stretch of preparations for what promises to be a dynamic and memorable weekend of rugby sevens." said Bill Cooper, CEO of HSBC Canada Sevens.
"It's great to see the community at large stepping up to support this international sport festival. From the athletes themselves, to our partners and sponsors, to the members of the public who have already secured their tickets, everyone is playing a role in bringing this world class sporting event to life."
HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver is anticipated to go down in Canadian rugby history. To date, the largest crowd to watch a rugby event in Canada was 22,556 for a 2013 match between Canada's Men's Team and the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in Toronto. With ticket sales already surpassing 25,000 per day – both days of the tournament are poised to break the former attendance record.
Rugby fans have shown their willingness to travel to Vancouver, as 4,000 tickets have been purchased from provinces outside of B.C., over 1,500 tickets purchased in the United States, and over 500 tickets sold to international fans from 12 different countries.
"It's very exciting to see anticipation building and tickets selling well for the inaugural HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place in Vancouver," said John Moonlight, captain of Canada's Men's Team.
"The crowd support we received last summer at home in Toronto during the Pan American Games was incredible and helped us win gold, and I know the fans in Vancouver will do the same in one month's time."