Organisers of the Wellington Sevens remain supremely
confident they will be granted a special licence to sell
alcohol at next year's event, which also features an enhanced
Following a review of this year's tournament, the police and
Spotless, who hold the licence as contractors to Westpac
Stadium, agreed that the sevens would become a special case
outside of the venue's standard alcohol licence.
The 2015 instalment of the tournament will begin on Waitangi
Day and will feature an earlier start time of midday in a bid
to put people off pre-loading, which can lead to excessive
Westpac Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon said the key
stakeholders hoped to have the licence sorted by the end of
"We expect to submit the licence [to the District Licensing
Committee], hopefully within the next week," he said.
"We are very confident. Ultimately we don't make the
decision. It's the DLL that makes the decision. We wish to
submit an application that the police are happy with and
comfortable with in advance and that we are all going to the
table with the same message and that we are comfortable with
the plan that's in place."
The submission would focus on an improved effort around
monitoring the level of intoxication among patrons when they
enter Westpac Stadium and their levels of intoxication during
the day. There could also be changes to the amount of alcohol
punters could buy during the day.
Wellington Sevens general manager Marty Donoghue and former
All Black Jonah Lomu fronted a presentation in Wellington
todaywhere they announced that KC and the Sunshine Band would
perform on day one of next year's tournament, likely around
Sevens management surveyed more than 3000 people following
this year's event about what improvements could be made.
Aside from extra entertainment, the result was lowered ticket
prices with a heavily-discounted option for children of only
$40. A general pass for two days for adults will cost $195.
"We are about creating an experience for our fans," Donoghue
said. "This is about us creating the stadium as a
The tournament will also offer a Premier Zone with seats near
halfway to allow rugby-minded folk to be closer to the
action. Premier Zone tickets will cost $239 and tickets for
next year's tournament will go on sale on September 16.
Lomu spoke of the importance of sevens for rugby given it
will feature at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"This is our home-grown tournament and we should cherish it,"
By Daniel Richardson of APNZ