Adios Las Vegas, welcome Los Angeles.
The 2020 American leg of the Rugby sevens will be held in Los Angeles, USA from 29th February to 1st March.
The move from Las Vegas will see the two-day event return to the home stadium of the MLS side, LA Galaxy and the NFL’s LA Chargers, Dignity Health Sports Park in California – the same venue earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.
Las Vegas has been one of the most popular tournaments on the Sevens World Series. The 2016 tournament was broadcast on NBC and its sports networks and is reported to have reached national and international audiences to over 400 million homes and 147 countries.
The 2017 event attracted record crowds to Sam Boyd stadium for the 7th consecutive year with attendance of over 80,000 for the three days.
It is reported that there existed legitimate concerns that supported the case for moving away from Las Vegas. The Sam Boyd stadium is located 30 minutes away from the center of action. In addition, the stadium’s artificial turf had been heavily criticized by competing teams. Players are also reported to have been uneasy with having to stay in hotels that are filled with cigarette smoke.
Los Angeles is indeed returning to its glorious sports days. With Lebron James and Kawhi Leonard in town, 2020 promised to be a good sports year for the city of Angeles.