Rugby World Cup Sevens is Almost Here

San Francisco has hosted the America’s Cup, multiple World Series and the Super Bowl. This summer, the City by the Bay will be the first U.S. destination to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Another Championship Event Comes to San Francisco

From July 20-22, 2018, the best rugby players from around the world will compete at iconic AT&T Park for their next global championship. Twenty-four men’s and 16 women’s teams will come to San Francisco to compete for the cup. New Zealand’s men and women will be defending their most recent titles against Olympic gold medalists from Australia and Fiji. And it might surprise you to know that both the American men’s and women’s teams are strong competitors.

Between rabid fanbases for local teams and a climate that almost demands that residents and visitors alike get active, San Francisco is, among many other things, a sporting city. The 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens is just the next major sporting event to come to San Francisco–and it won’t be the last.

What Is Rugby?

Wildly popular worldwide, rugby sevens is a fast-paced game that more than compares with the speed, agility and teamwork of American football and soccer. Teams are made up of seven players playing seven-minute halves. It’s a fast, physical game that promises to thrill American sports fans as well as international visitors.

While not as uniquely American as baseball or popular as the NFL, rugby actually has strong Bay Area roots. Did you know the earliest organized rugby team in San Francisco was founded in 1872? Rugby tradition carries on at nearby universities, Stanford and Cal, where big matches attract thousands of spectators.

Start Planning Your Experience

Supporters can start planning their trip to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens now. Three-day and single-day tickets and travel packages are on sale now. For more information, visit the new Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 website. You can also register for their newsletter. Are you a Bay Area local looking to be right in the middle of the action? Volunteers are needed to help make this event run smoothly and to make sure our international visitors have a great time in San Francisco. Visit the World Cup website for more information.