The 2020 American leg of the Rugby sevens will be held in the City of Carson-Los Angeles county, from 29th February to 1st March.
Will Kenya be the first team to win the the Main cup trophy at the new venue?
The move from Las Vegas to Carson 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. This is the same venue earmarked to host rugby sevens in the LA 2028 Olympic Games.
Las Vegas has been one of the most popular host cities of the Sevens World Series. It is reported that the 2016 tournament was broadcast to over 400 million homes in 147 countries across the world. The 2017 event attracted record crowds to Sam Boyd stadium for the 7th consecutive year with attendance of over 80,000 fans 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.
African Warrior Magazine, which is headquartered in Long Beach, welcomes all fans to the 2020 LA Rugby Sevens. We have put together a few highlights that will guide fans around the tournaments dates, including entertainment events.
Getting to the Stadium:
For those travelling from out of state, it is more convenient to use the Long Beach Airport. Traffic within Los Angeles gets crazy, and to avoid sitting for long hours in traffic, Long Beach Airport is the best shot as it is closer to hotels that are within 10 miles radius of the stadium.
If you choose to stay in a luxurious 5 star hotel, go shopping on Rodeo Drive and hit the wine bars of Beverly Hills, then this will be an expensive trip. But there are also many very affordable places within 10 miles of the stadium that are decent, and ranging from $90-180 a night. Here are a few of them:
Thursday, February 27th:
There is a welcome night where Los Angelinos welcome Kenyans and Africans from out of state to the magical and remarkable land of Los Angeles. The event takes place in Downtown Long Beach along the popular Pine Street, which is the “Strip” of Long Beach.
Friday, February 28th:
This is perhaps the most eagerly awaited performance of the weekend as the “Hayawani” hitmaker Nyashinski will for the first time perform in Los Angeles. If his performance in San Francisco last year during the Rugby World Cup is anything to go by, the versatile singer is bound to electrify the crowd with his incredible stage presence and command.
The show will take place at the Don Quixote along Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. Buy Tickets HERE
Saturday, February 30th
The entertainment line up on the day will include the ‘2 in 1 hit’ maker Naiboi who recently dropped a new single titled “Makasiriko.” The show stopping performance will be held at the popular Los Globos on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Buy Tickets HERE
Points to Remember
- Carry enough underwear and a toothbrush. You can recycle a t-shirt, just don’t recycle a boxer.
- Get your appointment for teeth cleaning; there is a difference between Whiskey aroma and halitosis
- Remember it can get warm and musky in indoor venues, a deodorant that works with your body oil goes a long way to keeping you musty free.
- No tennis court shoes in the clubs. Dress to impress.
- Remember to drink what your body can handle.
- Femimine hygiene: from removing unwanted body hair to packing the right underwear (remember visible pantie lines are an eyesore)
- Body deodorant is a MUST. A perfume that matches your body oil also comes in handy
- Pack a small purse for your night out. Those big Gikomba bags are a no no in Los Angeles.
- Carry the right shoes, for the right venue.
- Freshen the weaves and wigs. No need to smell “Ruiru” while in Los Angeles.
- Remember to drink what your body can handle.
Where to Eat
You can find all manner of cuisines to tickle your taste buds in Los Angeles. Go ahead an experiment. Long Beach City has so many places for casual or fine dining to try. There are also a number of breweries for those who fancy IPAs and stouts.
Places to Visit while in LA
Los Angeles is sprawling and big, and no way you will manage to visit all the places you want. In order to make the most of your time in the City of Angels, it’s important to do your research and make a list of the places that you want to see most before you go.
Because of its size, LA has many unique neighborhoods, each with its own charm and sights to see. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown, Carson, Long Beach, San Pedro, are obvious picks, but Venice Beach, Silver Lake, and Echo Park are home to a number of worthwhile attractions, too.
Whale watching is a truly magnificent experience where you get the opportunity to observe whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures in their natural habitat. Whale watching is a very popular tourist attraction on all coast fronts around the world, where friends and family can gather together to witness the breathtaking sight of the largest mammals in the world.
Cruise over downtown Long Beach and the historical Queen Mary on this private helicopter tour. You’ll then soar over the port of Long Beach and Los Angeles while climbing up to get spectacular views of Catalina and the L.A. Basin.
If you like riding bicycles, you’ll love Hydrobiking! Scenic Naples Island in Alamitos Bay is tucked away at the southernmost point of LA county. There’s no better way to explore the historic area than on Long Beach’s most beautiful and only water-covered bike path.
Families on vacation in Long Beach, Los Angeles or Anaheim, don’t want to miss the Aquarium of the Pacific. Discover sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific, and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. Come face-to-face with the ocean’s ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon, hand-feed colorful lorikeet birds, and watch our penguins play.
The Queen Mary is a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue featuring award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms. The Queen Mary gives a unique glimpse into an era when steamships were the most regal way to travel.
Staying in Long Beach, San Pedro or LAX Airport areas and want to see the best of Los Angeles in one incredible day? Then this tour is for you! Tour famous Los Angeles landmarks and local institutions on this fun, action-packed day trip from Long Beach. See top Los Angeles area attractions including TCL Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and the Hollywood Sign. Get a close-up view of famous movie locations, see the biggest ports in the US and explore Hollywood Boulevard on this tour that’s a well-balanced mix of guided tours and free time.
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