Stadium ready for Sevens

Mthetho Ndoni

IT IS all systems go for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to host the South African leg of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.

The event, which features the best 16 international rugby teams – including the Blitzbokke – engaging in fast- paced Sevens combat, will be held on the weekend of December 7 and 8.

The company that manages the NMB Stadium, Access Management, yesterday confirmed its readiness to host the tournament for the third time since being appointed in 2011.

Managing director Rian Oberholzer said: “The stadium staff have been hard at work for several months, planning and preparing the immense logistics needed to host an event of this magnitude.

“The success of hosting Super Rugby matches at the stadium gave the city a major boost, and … planning and preparing will move into overdrive as we embark upon the implementation phase to ensure every aspect of the groundwork is carried out in the finest detail.”

Oberholzer said the event was a great opportunity to showcase the Friendly City and its iconic stadium to the world.

“We are confident we will again deliver the kind of venue an event of this magnitude deserves.”

Company chief executive Chantal du Pisani urged “the people of [Nelson Mandela Bay] to take the opportunity to come and enjoy this high-speed adaptation of the sport”.

“The fans will be guaranteed a full day of enthralling Sevens Rugby and plenty more fun and entertainment over the two days.”

Tickets will be available at the stadium or through Computicket at R50, or R150 for the grandstand.

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