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HSBC NZ Sevens Rugby Game | 21-22 January 2023

The HSBC NZ Sevens Rugby Series is played in Hamilton, from 21 January 2023 to 22 January 2023. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series heads to Hamilton, New Zealand for the first event of the 2023 calendar year, with the 12 Women’s and 16 Men’s teams in action from 21-22 January.

The organizers previously announced that the 2023 edition of the tournament which has been on New Zealand’s sporting calendar for more than two decades, will see the addition of a second playing field next to FMG Stadium Waikato to enable the full men’s and women’s draws to be played.

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Fans will be able to access both fields with party zones, family zones, circus rides, as well as a wide array of food all part of the organizers’ plans.

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The Brian Perry Stand has five levels which are home to function spaces including corporate lounges, function lounges, the boardroom, management offices, player changing facilities, retail concessions, media facilities and seating for around 10,000 for sporting events.

FMG Stadium Waikato has the crowd capacity for around 25,000. For the HSBC NZ Sevens this is made up of around 10,000 in the Brian Perry Stand, 9,000 in the WEL Networks Stand, 5,000 on the Greenzone grass embankment and 840 at the Goal Line Terrace.  The Stadium also has the ability to increase the capacity by 5000 with the addition of temporary seating on the Goal Line at Tristram St.

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