This April will be my 7th attempt at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens. A long time participant and a loyal partaker, I’ve spent many a Saturday negotiating the South Stand. However this year will be a different one for me. A South Stander no longer, my blenders and I are heading over the road to the HK 7’s Village, and setting up shop amongst the food festival. Banana smoothies will be flowing, so if you are after a fresh, non-alcoholic refreshment on the day, be sure to pop in and say hi! But before I venture to greener pastures, I thought it fitting to share some of my sevens wisdom with those who care to listen…
Costumes – If you are planning on hitting South Stand this year, you must don a costume. Pottinger Street in Central is where to go for that last minute attire. Avoid lunch and after work hours.
Getting to the Stadium – It's an early start but if you want to get into the South Stand, you need to be at the stadium by 7am, so double up on those alarms. Pick your transportation and commit to it. Don't second guess yourself mid-way through. If you live near an MTR, this is always a good option but be prepared for a little stroll. Taxis are touch and go but I’ve never had a problem with them. Forget the bus.
What to bring – If rain is predicted, pack a poncho. If it’s going to be sunny, think about incorporating a hat or sunnies into your getup – but be prepared to never see these again. South stand will take them. Also it's a cash bar, so be prepared for that. And girls – toilet paper.
Pace yourself – Don't peak too early. That's all I’ll say on that one.
Hydration, hydration, hydration – Speaking of banana smoothies, did you know bananas are an excellent natural rehydrator? Loaded with potassium and sodium, these guys are going to pick you right up post a South stand session. If you find yourself abandoning ship early, come visit me in the 7s village over the road. You’ll thank me for it in the morning.
Enjoy the festivities! Go Hong Kong!