Absolutely!That's where the sevens went pear shaped. It was all about getting absolutely shit faced beforehand, dressing up and spending your time in bars on the way to the stadium, then walking around the concourse at the stadium. Nobody paid the slightest bit of attention to the games apart from the NZ games.
From what it looked like last year the nines was all about the games. This year seemed to be a bit more about the party which with the PC brigade getting louder will mean trouble!!
Nobody goes to the 7s to watch the footy. For a gauge on how many people go to watch the footy just look at the regular attendances at the Wellington Hurricanes games. Its pathetic.
As you posted what its about is getting pissed, having fun and enjoying the party atmosphere. The local council and organisers then turnaround and increase the ticket prices by a ridiculous amount, limit beer sales, ban outdoor music which effectively kills the after party and sends the troops in to squash anyone looking like theyre enjoying themselves in the slightest out on the roads.
What a bunch of complete idiots. They have killed the goose that laid the golden egg and ruined the party for the 80% of people who couldnt give a shit about the game...
That was the catalyst for the change. The IRB were not happy with people not paying attention to the games and just going to drink - especially with 7's now an Olympic event! Then last year the police threatened to oppose the stadium's liquor licence after the shambles of the last 7's. By all accounts it was absolutely feral!!!!But why would anyone buy a ticket to an event to get pissed and have fun (your 80%) when you can get that anywhere for the price of the booze? They have to concentrate on the sport otherwise why bother? I imagine the IRB bigwigs wouldn't be overly happy but as has been pointed out, the 7's plays to small crowds everywhere so evidently they can put up with it.
Not sure about this year but in the past when they played on Waitangi Day they added the 15% surcharge on top of their already horrific prices!!The other thing the 9's get right is playing Saturday and Sunday. Even so, I'm surprised more didn't turn up given the Friday this time was a holiday.
you might like this quote, I certainly did:I am not usually a fan of union, but;