The first weekend of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has arrived. With 29 Gold medals up for grabs across an action-packed programme of sports, it’s going to be an exciting couple of days!
Some of the loudest cheers of the weekend will come from Ibrox Stadium, where the Games’ legendary Rugby Sevens competition will see a total of 45 games played across two days, as 16 of the best teams from the Commonwealth’s nations and territories battle it out for the coveted Gold medal.
New Zealand’s Rugby Sevens team, nicknamed the ‘All Blacks’ due to their black strip, are an unstoppable force in the Commonwealth Games. The All Blacks simply don’t do losing.
Since Rugby Sevens was added to the Games sporting programme in 1998, the All Blacks have smashed, stomped and sprinted their way to Commonwealth Gold in every competition.
However, Rugby Sevens is one of the most competitive sports within the Games, and New Zealand will need to be on top form to keep their place on the podium. Those looking to take the crown include Australia, South Africa, England, Wales, and of course Scotland – bursting with that extra motivation to perform well on home turf in the country where Rugby Sevens was born.
Competition starts this morning at 10.30, and the legendary party atmosphere will quickly be in full swing.
“Rugby Sevens is synonymous with people having a party” explains Gavin Hastings, former Scotland captain.
“For anyone who hasn’t watched the sport before, this is a great chance to come along and see it. I think it’s going to be one of the spectacles of the Games.”
The excitement is set to hit fever pitch at this evening’s session at 18.00, with your ticket bringing you 12 action-packed games including New Zealand v Barbados, England v Australia and Scotland v Australia.
This fast, furious and dynamic competition will continue tomorrow, when that one coveted Gold medal will be won. Will there be a new Rugby Sevens Commonwealth champion?
There are still some tickets available for Rugby Sevens. Tickets are subject to availability with a limited number of tickets available from the Venue Ticket Office at Ibrox Stadium.
The Ticket Office will open at 8.00 on Saturday, however spectators are advised to arrive in good time to buy or collect tickets as it is expected to be very busy.
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There are still some other great opportunities to be at the heart of the action. All sales are now “for collection”, so you can buy online or from the Ticket Hotline on 0800 458 2014*, then collect the tickets at our city centre George Square Ticket Office or the Venue Ticket Office.