Wellington Sevens second most expensive
The Wellington sevens continued its tradition of selling out quickly, despite being the second most expensive fixture on the international sevens circuit.
A slight rise over last year's prices did not stop the 14,000 tickets - 4000 more than last year - selling out in just 17 minutes.
Tickets for the two-day event on February 1-2 cost $199 for the covered, uncovered and red zones, while a family zone adult ticket cost $149. A child ticket for the family zone cost $59.
Wellington Hertz Sevens general manager Steve Walters said he thought pricing for the tournament "would be up there" because of the level of demand.
"But I think what we are seeing is more and more of the tournaments are becoming more popular now."
The dress-up party aspect of the tournament was "quite unique" when compared with other fixtures. Only the Hong Kong event costs more than Wellington, at NZ$234, though that price is for three days. The fixtures in Japan, the United States and Dubai range between $130 and $189, while those on the Gold Coast, in London and Glasgow will cost between $50 and $100 for both days.
The cheapest fixture this season is in South Africa, where the most expensive ticket costs $40.
Last year, 10,000 Wellington sevens tickets sold out in just three minutes, with the most expensive costing $195.
Mr Walters said more tickets were made available to the public this year because of more careful scrutiny of the numbers held back for corporate attendees.
He advised those who missed out on official tickets to avoid buying them on Trade Me as they could be cancelled at any time.
Some were being offered for resale yesterday at prices up to $400. Any ticket being sold above face value would be cancelled, he said.
The Dominion Post