Wellington Sevens second most expensive

20:40, Nov 07 2012
Brent Murray
Brent Murray from Island bay heading to a BBQ in Naenae before heading to the Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Pash n Dash crew.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Palmy North Jockeys before the Wellington Sevens.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Fijian Dolls (left to right) Nuimai Kamakorewa, Seini Smith, Violet Smith and Ula Buliruarua.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The Poison Ivy group from Wellington.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
The Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smurfs from Marlborough.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mel and Phil from Christchurch as characters from the film Kick Arse.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Lego Men, from Palmerston North. Inset: the Lego Men are frisked.
Svens costumes
Rana Sorenson's Phoenix costume was hand made in Italy and includes 2500 feathers. It was shipped to New Zealand in 2009 for the World of Wearable arts festival.
Sevens costumes
Action man, playing with barbies.
Sevens costumes
Wonder women.
Sevens costumes
Speedo cops.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Vili Sotutu and his son Eroni from Invercargill.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Welly Wallys.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Japan cheer squad from Blenheim.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
These guys don't know each other at all.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Punks from Tauranga.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Pavlova girls from Wellington.
Svens costumes
Ghostbusters from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Nurses from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A very detailed headless Alan Lavery.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans of The Inbetweeners from the Timaru.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The popcorn girls from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Smudge, from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Green bottles.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kelly Neighbours, Kate Lynn Osten, Rangi Holland and Michelle Feynen from the South Island.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A pack of big babies.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Toy soldiers from Hamilton.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The gissy jesters from Gisborne.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Wellywood, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Zebras, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Mimes from Auckland.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sesame Street fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Strawberry shortcakes Anna Coffin, left, and Joleen Asquith.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grapes!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
LMFAO fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ghost chips.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Sam Lander as the Phantom of the Opera.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A baseball team.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A group of ballerinas.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kenyan cheerleaders during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The crowds during Kenya v Australia.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Bubble people, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Anchor milk cheers the teams on.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Peacocks.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Gaia Chinniah and Erena Te Paa.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Puzzle time!
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
NASA.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Houseelves.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Tongan fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A hangi and a boil up.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Troll dolls in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans arrive.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Kiwis.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Grant Ottley and Tracee Porter from Dunedin.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Ancient Egyptians.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Crowds cheer.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Fans in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Twister and Snakes and Ladders, from Napier.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
A Katy Perry fan in the stands.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
The pavlova girls, from Wellington.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.
2012 Wellington Sevens fans
Costumed fans.

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.

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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.

Contact Shabnam Dastgheib
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Email: shabnam.dastgheib@dompost.co.nz
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