Why you may see hilarious costumes in Edmonton this month
If you’re into carnival-like atmospheres, dress up like Halloween and watch sports, we’ve got great news for you: Edmonton has landed its first place to host the World Rugby Sevens Series.
If you grab the hosting spot (for this year only) from your usual UK stop in London, England, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Albertans to experience the HSBC Canada Sevens.
The high-intensity sports event and the varied fair will take place on Saturday, 25.
HSBC Canada Sevens – the largest sporting event in Western Canada – will join 11 other teams in presenting Canada’s national team games fresh from competition at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
As part of this year’s event, the Canadian women’s team will also intervene in the action with an exclusive “Women’s Fast Four” component of the upcoming tournament.
Whether you are a sports fan or cannot distinguish between soccer and football, it is a sporting event that requires more general enthusiasm than knowledge of sports.
But if you’re wondering what on earth the rugby sevens is, the short answer is that it’s a scaled-down version of your standard rugby game. While many of the same rules apply as the standard 15-player game, this increasingly popular version consists of 14-minute games in which seven players attempt to cover a full-size rugby field – for points running and each other Opportunity to fight.
The first day of the dynamic sporting event begins with a round robin tournament in pools. On the second day, the losing teams of each pool battle for ninth place, while the successful teams continue to battle for the chance of gold, silver or bronze medals.
It is a true feat of athleticism that tests the speed and agility of its players and it is very entertaining to watch. Even if you don’t fully understand the game, you can’t help but enjoy the exuberant atmosphere and exhilaration of the noisy crowd.
Tickets also include two full days of access where teams from around the world compete in rugby sevens matches. The over-the-top costumes are of course an important part of this two-day party as well.
Last year when the Rugby Sevens were in Vancouver, locals walked the streets and the stadium decked out from sesame street clothes to full-blown 80s gear and Star Wars ensembles to show their enthusiasm.
It’s all part of a Rugby Sevens tradition called “Fancy Dress,” which is about gathering friends and dressing up in weird costumes that have absolutely nothing to do with the game. Nobody knows exactly how the trend started, they just know that it is entertaining.
So, put your troop together for a weekend of ridiculous outfit wearing, beer drinking and sports cheering and see for yourself what all the hype is about.
HSBC Canada Sevens
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, 11000 Stadium Road
When: Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th
As: Buy tickets here
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