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2017 HSBC CANADA SEVENS AT BC PLACE FAST FACTS

March 10th, 2017

BC Place once again welcomes the world to Vancouver for the HSBC Canada Sevens, part of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

The 2017 HSBC Canada Men’s Sevens gets underway this Saturday, March 11th, and runs through to Sunday evening, March 12th.

In only its second year in Vancouver, the HSBC Canada Sevens has raised the bar yet again, anticipating a record crowd of 76,000 over the two day tournament, which represents a 26% growth from last years’ event.

Check out some of the incredible numbers generated by this unique event in Vancouver:

Key Numbers for the upcoming 2017 HSBC Canada Sevens

• 16 national teams will compete in a total of 45 matches over the 2-day event at BC Place.

• 76,000 – anticipated attendance for the event; a new record for all rugby events in Canada.

• 26% – growth in ticket sales over the 2016 Canada Sevens.

• 1,800 staff will be working in Food and Beverage service, Hosting, Security, First Aid and Operations for both days of the event at BC Place.

• In 2016, the event generated more than $17million in economic benefit to the region. The impact of 2017 edition of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place is expected to be even bigger!

Key Numbers and Worldwide Impact from the 2016 HSBC Canada Sevens

• 60,418 – total attendance for the event, setting a record for all rugby events in Canada.

• 4000+ tickets were purchased from provinces outside of BC.

• 1500+ tickets were purchased in the United States.

• Visitors traveled to Vancouver from destinations around the world, including England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, South Africa, Germany, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

• $2.2 Million in Food and Beverages served.

• Significant economic benefit expected during the inaugural year in 2016, with plans to grow the event year-over-year.

• 16 national teams (including Canada) competed

• 1 team took home the Cup – the New Zealand All Blacks.

History of the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver, BC, Canada

• Winning the rights to host the World Rugby Sevens is extremely competitive. Canada won the bid over more than 20 other nations.

• Following the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, BC Place initiated a plan to bring Rugby to BC Place.

• 2011-2012 – BC Place initiates and attends international meetings and continues discussions with IRB (now known as World Rugby) top officials.

• July 2012 – BC Place and Rugby Canada agree on hosting World Rugby Board in Vancouver and develop long-term strategic plan for growth of rugby at BC Place.

• October 2013 – BC Place, Rugby Canada and the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association host annual World Rugby Committee Meetings, highlighting BC Place as the venue, including the opening reception at the stadium.

Mark Egan, Head of Competitions and Performance at World Rugby, said, "When I came here & saw this venue 4 years ago my first impression was we have to be here."

• January 2014 – World Rugby sets tender process and seeks bids for the expansion of the World Rugby Sevens Series to a total of ten international events, starting with the 2015/16 Series.

• June 2014 – Rugby Canada formally announces bid for the Canada Sevens, to be played at BC Place and local Canada Sevens organizing committee formed.

• February 2015 – BC Place in Vancouver, BC, is named the newest venue for the World Rugby Sevens Series in March 2016 – a first for Canada.

• May 2015 –Together with Rugby Canada and Canada Soccer, BC Place announces a new turf playing surface to be funded by the three groups. The turf replacement project is completed in advance of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, and is certified to the highest standards for international game-play by both FIFA and World Rugby.

• March 12-13, 2016 – the World returns to Vancouver as 16 nations compete for the Canada Sevens title, as part of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

• March 2016 onwards – presales of the highly-anticipated 2017 Canada Sevens began!

• March 2017 – Vancouver is once again ready to host the world. Canada Sevens announced another record attendance for a rugby event in Canada, with 76,000 fans expected over the two day tournament.