Join the Cape Town Sevens Carnival
Cape Town is gearing up once more to embrace the masses of Sevens Rugby Faithful – that’s right, it’s time again for the Cape Town Rugby Sevens Tournament.
The IRB World Rugby Tour was won by South Africa last year, but they missed out on the gold on their home soil.
That means that this year is sure to big a big one, as the world champs come home intent on taking back their turf.
So take advantage of the nearby Green Point Accommodation, and find out what sevens is all about.
Fast and furious sevens
Sevens rugby grew out of full, fifteen-man rugby union – and it happened a lot longer ago than you might have thought.
The first rugby sevens game is recorded as having taken place all the way back in 1883 in Scotland. So the game’s been around for a while.
But it was only in the Twentieth Century that the game really started to take off, culminating in the creation the IRB Sevens World Tour.
The tour starts towards the end of the year. The second leg, these past few years, has been Cape Town Stadium.
This state-of-the-art facility was originally built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, and it’s found a second life as a concert arena – and latterly as the home of the South African Sevens Competition.
Strikingly situated in Green Point, on the cusp of the Atlantic Ocean, the stadium and its surrounds form a gleaming pearl on cape Town’s landscape, with Signal Hill and the Cape Fold Mountain Range of which Table Mountain is a part.
Getting into the Green Point buzz
The area around Cape Town Stadium is an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars. This is a good thing, as events like the Sevens tend to make transport around the area difficult. The fact that high quality food and watering holes can be found on foot is a big plus.
Cape Town Sevens is held over a full weekend – December 9th and 10th – which means watching the whole thing in the stadium can get a bit much.
This makes getting accommodation in the area particularly useful: Green Point guest houses like Jambo put you within easy walking distance to the stadium, taking the hard work out of organising transport, and letting you really join in on the fun.