American Rugby Sevens, the organizers of this weekend’s 2015 Halloween Rugby Sevens Elite International Invitational Tournament, took time on Wednesday (Oct. 28) to announce the two-day tournament’s schedule of games as well as the entertainment lineup available for attendees at the event. The Rugby Sevens Tournament, which will take place at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1, will provide a preview of the Summer Olympic’s newest sport, Rugby Sevens. This event gives rugby fans here in Tampa Bay the unusual opportunity to see both current and future Team USA Ruggers compete against each other locally prior to the teams traveling to Rio de Janerio for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Rugby Sevens Tournament kicks off with the Halloween Sevens Fan Fest at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the grounds of Al Lang Stadium, located at 180 2nd Ave SE, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701. The fan fest includes entertainment, food, and music for everyone. Tampa Bay Rugby fans are invited to attend a Rugby World Cup Final viewing party at Rowdies Den, which features 32 screens to watch the final’s match between Australia and New Zealand, kicking off at noon Saturday, from every part of the bar. Rowdies Den is mere blocks away from Al Lang Stadium, the home pitch for the tournament.
The tournament consists of 12 matches of pool competition scheduled to be played between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday. This will include two squads from the United States, the Canada Maple Leafs, and Argentina Rugby – all of which are using the tournament as a process of selection for the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. This series is a ten-stop tournament featuring 16 teams, and is played at locations across the globe every year. The other four teams participating in play this weekend are made up of the nation’s best Rugby Sevens talent from all-star clubs based in cities across the U.S. American athletes will have their sights set on Rio this weekend, as U.S.A. Men’s Sevens Head Coach Mike Friday plans to use the Halloween Rugby Sevens Elite International Invitational Tournament as an opportunity to scout for the players who will make up the U.S.A. Men Sevens Team playing in Rio de Janerio in 2016.
Fans can begin watching the tournament at 2:55 p.m. EDT Saturday and 1:55 p.m EST Sunday (Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday morning) via a live stream on USARugbyTV.com. Tickets for the tournament are available at Halloween Rugby 7s.com, krewerugby.com, and ticketmaster.com. Please follow the Halloween Rugby Sevens Elite International Invitational Tournament via Facebook/halloweenrugby7s and Twitter @Halloween7s. For the full schedule of this weekend’s events, readers can go to Halloween7s.com/schedule.