24 Mar 2016

Wellington Sevens stays in capital

11:56 am on 24 March 2016

Wellington City Council has confirmed its Sevens tournament will be staying in the capital for another two years.

All Black Sevens victory Wellington 2016.

All Black Sevens victory Wellington 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

New Zealand Rugby Union has an agreement to run the event until 2019, but Wellington's role as host city expired this year.

After poor ticket sales for this year's event last month, the location for the next two years was up for grabs.

Lego fans

Wellington's Sevens tournament is known for the fans' colourful costumes. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Council economic portfolio chair Councillor Jo Coughlan said it was a vote of confidence for the city, and over the past 20 years the Sevens had brought more than $100 million in revenue to Wellington.

She could not comment on the price the city had paid to keep the tournament, but said there was always a cost to hosting major events.

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