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It's another sell-out for the world-famous Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.

The last remaining 4,000 tickets reserved for public sale were distributed last week via the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union’s first ever public ticket ballot.

 At the close of the registration period for the ballot, a total of 25,154 ballots were received applying for 49,602 tickets.

Of the applications received, 95% requested to purchase the maximum individual allocation of two event tickets, should their ballots be drawn.

 The demand for an additional 49,602 Sevens tickets over and above the 36,000 tickets distributed to date, clearly surpasses the 40,000-seat capacity of the Hong Kong Stadium.

 “The HKRFU welcomes the continued strong public demand for the Hong Kong Sevens. The public ballot has helped us to more accurately quantify the demand for Sevens tickets for the first time. This information is an important verification in our drive to work with all relevant parties for the development of a larger stadium in Hong Kong,” said HKRFU Chairman. Mr Trevor Gregory. “Unfortunately, public demand for Sevens tickets far exceeds the capacity of the Hong Kong Stadium but the HKRFU is hopeful that the switch to a public ballot has at least offered all applicants an equal opportunity to purchase tickets, whilst at the same time offering a more convenient method for interested spectators to apply for these tickets. We again would like to thank the Hong Kong community for their continued and outstanding support to the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.”

The ballot draw, which was attended by a representative of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, was conducted via an electronic random number generating system developed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club and verified by BMM Compliance, a long-established and experienced private independent gaming certification lab.

Successful applicants now have until 21 February 2013 to pay for their tickets with ticket distribution to start in the week commencing Monday, 4 March, via collection from the Box Office at Hong Kong Stadium.

With the hosting of 28 international teams for the first time in the event’s 38-year history, the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens promises to be the biggest and best Hong Kong Sevens ever.

The official tournament draw will be held on Thursday, 21 February 2013, in Hong Kong.

Pictures and Other Coverage from Hong Kong Sevens

As there are so many Pictures of the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 we have cut them up into different pages: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10, Page 11, Page 12, Page 13, Page 14, Page 15, Page 16, Page 17 and Page 18.

See past stories about the Hong Kong Sevens 2013: Pictures from Hong Kong Sevens 2013, Results from Hong Kong Sevens 2013, Sevens Legend Waisale Serevi Inducted into IRB Hall of Fame, Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013 Ready for Kick Off!, What Impact Does Hong Kong Sevens Have on Long-Haul Travel?, South Stand Fashion - What to Wear at the Hong Kong Sevens, HKRFU Launches Rugby App; Chance to Win Tickets to HK Sevens, Hong Kong RFU to Launch a School of Rugby in Hong Kong, HKRFU Partners Serevi Rugby to Provide Special Training Camps, HKRFU Names Men's and Women's Sevens Squads, US Eagles Land in HK for Sevens; Jamaica Ready for Debut, Air Pacific Partners Ben Kende Foundation to Provide Medical Supplies to FORU, Rugby Sevens Teams from South Africa and France Arrive in Hong Kong, Official Draw for the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens, Beach Boys to Perform at Hong Kong Sevens, Hong Kong Sevens Officially Sold Out!, 2013 Hong Kong Sevens Public Ticket Sale to be via Public Ballot, Fans in Australia Can Purchase Tickets for 2013 Hong Kong Sevens, Biggest Hong Kong Sevens Ever! and Dates for the Cathay Pacific HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2013.

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