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Surviving Hong Kong's sporting event by The Corliss Group World Travelers
Apr 5, 2014


(CNN)--"It takes me three days to recover after the Sevens," says referee Robert Esser, who is called the plays at the famed Hong Kong rugby tournament for 12 years.

"If you find out how to survive it, let me know."

The annual Hong Kong Sevens is the city’s largest sporting event, attracting thousands of costumed revelers from all over the world.

But making the most of the party atmosphere requires strategy and planning.

With the Sevens on March 28-30, experts and hardcore fans have shared tips on how ethyl be getting through the three-day mega party.

1. South Stand commitment mandatory

Ask not what the South Stand can do for you, but what you can do for the South Stand.
The only large public area where Sevens revelers can drink alcohol, the legendary South Stand brings together Hong Kong Stadium's most passionate spectators--all dedicated to having an outrageously good time.

2. Serious rugby fans head for the East and West Stands

Don't be afraid to go to the East and West Stands, because that’s where everyone goes to watch the rugby, "says 28-year-old rugby player Rowan Varty, who has taken part in the Sevens since he was born as both a spectator and a player.

3. For costumes, (almost) anything goes

The pros advise against wearing heavy suits, big masks and hats that'll have you drenched in sweat and blocking other people’s views.

4. Walk to the stadium

Roads are blocked and taxis are scarce.

Once you arrive anywhere near Causeway Bay, start walking.

5. Pace yourself

Winnie Poon, a fan who has been to the Hong Kong Sevens five times, has her own sage advice for fans--pace yourselves.

6. Avoid the food stalls

Have a large breakfast before entering the stadium and hopefully you’ll last the day, says Lindsay Varty.

7. Ladies, bring binoculars

For some, watching athletic young men run around on a field is as much a spectacle as the game itself, if not more.

8. South Standers, stay waterproof

Expect a high chance of beer, cider, water and bodily fluid showers at the South Stand.
Bring an umbrella, waterproof clothes and leave your expensive camera behind.
It may rain, literally, but that’s the least of your concerns.

9. You can still enjoy the Sevens outside the stadium

If you didn't score tickets, there’s always the Sevens Village at the Indian Recreation Club directly opposite Hong Kong Stadium.

10. Wan Chai offers the best after-party

After the games, the fun continues in Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wan Chai neighborhoods.

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