Hong Kong Sevens: Fans get all dressed up for rugby party

Updated 1258 GMT (2058 HKT) April 7, 2019
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It's perhaps the biggest party in the world of sport... Keith Tsuji/Getty Images
The annual Hong Kong Sevens, which this year was held from April 5-7, is loved by rugby fans and players alike, regularly attracting as many as 120,000 spectators. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images
Asked about the key to enjoying the event, comedian Al Murray once said: "You just have to hand yourself over and not worry about what time of day or night it might be."
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No wonder there is a saying in Hong Kong: "If you ever get bored of the sevens, you can turn around and watch the rugby." ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images
The Hong Kong Sevens dates back to 1976, with Fiji boasting more wins than any other country. The island nation picked up a record fourth-straight victory at the 2018 tournament. Power Sport Images/HSBC/Getty Images
From small beginnings, it's now a truly global affair, with 28 teams in total at the ground this year. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images
"What is incredibly special is that the city shuts down for it," says England sevens veteran James Rodwell, describing the sight of rugby-hungry fans in the stadium for three whole days as "humbling." Power Sport Images/HSBC/Getty Images
World famous for the atmosphere it generates, the Hong Kong South Stand does not stop jumping all weekend. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images
Fancy dress is a must. Vincent Yu/AP
With the 40,000 seater stadium a vibrant mix of color and noise, Hong Kong's atmosphere has set a precedent for other World Series tournaments, most notably London and Las Vegas. ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images
"I start to get goosebumps when you talk about the atmosphere in Hong Kong," says Fijian sevens legend Waisele Serevi, who competed at the event on a number of occasions. What are your favorite memories of the Hong Kong Sevens? Have your say on CNN Sport's Facebook page Power Sport Images/HSBC/Getty Images