Hottest 7's in the World
Rugby fans won't want to miss the Hottest 7's in the World, a rugby tournament held in Darwin, Australia. Played at Rugby Park, this rugby tournament is two days filled with exciting action as men's and women's teams from all over Australia, along with other tough teams from all over, compete for the tournament title.
History of the Hottest 7's in the World Tournament
Starting up in 1989, this tournament has continued to grow bigger and bigger with teams from all over the Pacific joining in the tournament, including teams from New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, and Singapore. Women's teams started competing in the tournament in 2007.
Now that the rugby sevens is joining the Olympics as a new event in 2016, the tournament is sure to become even more popular. It has the highest pot of the southern hemisphere at over $60,000 and is held in beautiful January, where temperatures range from lows around 25 degrees to 31 degrees.
Tickets for the Hottest 7's in the World
Ticket information for the 2015 tournament can be found on the official website, but for your ease, the tickets are $10 for adults for Saturday and $20 on Sunday with children 13 and under being free. In addition to general admission tickets, corporate box seats were also available, which provided lunch and dinner both days of the tournament, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks. Tickets start at $450 per person.
There are two fields at the Rugby Park. The main field has an undercover grandstand that can hold up to 380 spectators. The seating is on a first come first served basis, so arrive early if you want a seat. There are also canopies erected to offer shade on the grassy knolls around the fields. Consider bringing camping chairs or other light, foldout chairs to the tournament with you to give you a place to sit.
Rules and Regulations for the Hottest 7's in the World Tournament
The gates open at 8:30 a.m. with the games starting at 10 a.m. each day. Games are held throughout the day and ending around 8 or 8:30 p.m. When you buy a ticket, you will receive a wristband. This will allow you to come and go from the tournament. Outside food is allowed, but no outside alcoholic beverages can be brought into the tournament. Both food and full bar facilities will be provided inside.
What to Do in and around Darwin
If you're heading to the Hottest 7's in the World tournament, you may want to consider making it into a vacation. Darwin is perfect for families, especially those looking for some free entertainment. One of the favourites is the Leanyer Recreation Park, which is free. This park has both wet and dry activities, and would be a perfect destination in January. There are three huge water slides as well as swimming areas and a water playground. There is also a skate park, BBQs, and a cafe.
Another free activity is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This large museum has many exhibits including ones on Aboriginal art and a display replicating the effects of Cyclone Tracey. Deckchair Cinema is a favourite for many. Here you can get dinner and relax while watching a movie outdoors.
Whether you're in a group or heading to Darwin as a family, holiday rentals are a great option. You'll find large homes with pools along with cosy apartments with walkout balconies. It's a great way to make your trip to Darwin comfortable.
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