Rugby 7s in Dubai has a new home. We get ready for a new era.
The main aim of the venue has been to enable people to mooch around it, watch matches on various pitches and meet up with their mates easily 1 The Sevens’ main pitch includes a permanent grandstand with 4,000 seats. Temporary stands will then lift the number of tickets to 42,500, enabling over 10,000 more fans than at the old Exiles site.
2The second pitch is in a bowl and enclosed on three sides by grass embankments. This area accommodates 15,000 spectators.
3 The two-storey 80m long clubhouse will house the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union, the regional governing body for rugby.
In an effort to clamp down on drink-driving, organisers have arranged for 170 buses to provide free transport from the venue, located 45km outside Dubai, back into five different areas of town. From 5pm on each day the buses will run from The Sevens to: Festival City, Media City (Family drop off point), Barasti, Al Murooj Rotana’s Double Decker and The Irish Village. And if you’re driving – there are 15,000 parking spaces available.
130,000 The predicted number of visitors to The Sevens between November 27-29, 2008
50,000 The number of people The Sevens will be able to hold per day, including spectators, players and officials
3,698,914.86m The complete area of the site
6,972,100 The estimated number of hours worked during its construction
423 The overall time in days it took to build
64,000 The total square metres of grass at The Sevens