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Cape Town gees kicks into gear for Rugby World Cup Sevens

Africa’s first ever Rugby World Cup 7s is taking place at the DHL Stadium from Friday, 9 September to Sunday 11, September 2022. As host city and partner to the event, the City of Cape Town has worked with World Rugby and SA Rugby (SARU) to put on one of the most memorable World Cup events.

More than 100 000 fans are expected to descend on the DHL Stadium over three days to watch some of the world’s top men and women’s Sevens Rugby nations battle to be crowned champions.

The eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament is hosted for the first time by an African country in its three-decade history.

‘On behalf of the City of Cape Town, we welcome all the teams and their support staff, and the many thousands of residents and visitors who are making their way here for the tournament. We are committed to putting on a world-class event for locals and visitors to enjoy in our beautiful City and will be activating the fan walk as well as a free MyCiti shuttle service for ticket holders as part of our park and ride facilities. The hosting of world cup tournaments is not only important for boosting the economy and creating employment, but also for uniting residents and people from all walks of life. I am looking forward to joining the thousands of passionate fans to sing and cheer for their teams,’ said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

Hosting events such as Rugby World Cup Sevens prove that Cape Town continues to be an attractive and competitive global events destination with expertise to pull off major international masterpieces.

The City’s Events Coordinating Committee, working with SARU, has been at the forefront of the planning for this event.

‘Over the last two years we have been hard at work with World Rugby and SARU on the logistics for this event to ensure that not only is it a memorable experience for the players, fans and all those involved but that it is safe for everyone. Our Events Coordinating Committee has spent months ensuring we plan and deploy all our services to make sure there’s visibility around the event footprint, management of traffic and movement of fans around the venue,’ said the City’s Mayco Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.

In an effort to minimise traffic congestion in the Green Point precinct, the City is availing a free MyCiTi shuttle service for ticket holders to travel to the DHL Stadium.

Buses will depart from the Civic Centre and Thibault Square MyCiTi stations from 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They will leave every 15 minutes or when full.

Ticket holders are encouraged to utilise a park and ride system where they park their vehicles in the city centre and take the MyCiTi shuttle to the stadium.

Paid parking is also available at the CTICC (limited), Ryk Tulbagh Square, Picbel Parkade (Strand Street), Plein Park (Corporation Street) and the V&A Waterfront (limited parking).

Alternatively, Sevens supporters can walk to the stadium via the Fan Walk which will be activated before the stadium gates open at 08:00.

The Fan Walk extends from the City Centre along Waterkant Street, over the pedestrian bridge at Buitengracht and along Somerset Road, through the underpass at Green Point Circle to the stadium gates.

Additionally, a dedicated E-hailing service hub will be set up on Green Point Main Road between York and Wigtown roads.

Residents and motorists are also advised of temporary road closures in the DHL Stadium and V&A Waterfront precincts.

Source: City Of Cape Town