Scotstoun Stadium is to be transformed into an homage to Hollywood as the countdown to the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s gets underway.
As the world’s biggest rugby sevens tournament nears its epic conclusion, the penultimate act will once again play out at Scotstoun with ‘The Movies’ the theme for fans across the Bank Holiday weekend, starting on May the fourth.
With the city’s Commonwealth Games just over a year away, local heroes and fans from across the country will join the magnificent sevens teams taking part in the 8th leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Scotland 7s will aim to be shaken, not stirred as New Zealand return to Scotland’s biggest city in pursuit of their throne atop the series standings; a return of the kings of the game to the country where it was invented.
Also returning and hoping to make a deep impact on the tournament will be the Fijians, while the ever-popular Kenyans will aim for a great escape from their pool into the knockout stages.
From Star Wars to Toy Story, Wizard of Oz to Wall-E, die-hard fans are being encouraged to channel their inner movie star with prizes for best cast and best costume.
Speaking at the official launch of the event at Glasgow’s iconic Grosvenor Cinema, Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor said: “We play in the best known cities around the world, from Tokyo to Las Vegas and Australia's Gold Coast but last year the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s was voted by the teams as their favourite event.
“The amazing atmosphere created by the fans had a lot to do with that. We can’t wait to get back to Glasgow to play in front of a massive, noisy crowd and experience that buzz at Scotstoun again.”
In 2012, the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s boasted nearly 27 thousand fans across the weekend, brought in an estimated seven figure sum to Glasgow’s economy and was hailed by the International Rugby Board as a roaring success in it’s inaugural year.
Minister for Commonwealth Games & Sport, Shona Robison, said: “Ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games this tournament is a great opportunity to showcase rugby sevens to a Scottish audience. As well as a fantastic line up of international rugby stars, this weekend of sport will offer a chance for school-aged children throughout Scotland to try rugby and even play on the same pitch as their sporting heroes.
"By taking up a sport like rugby we hope that these youngsters will be inspired to take part in sport throughout their lives.”
Dominic McKay, Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs at Scottish Rugby, said: “Last year was a little bit into the unknown as it was our first year at Scotstoun but what we saw was Glasgow really embrace the event and it was a tremendous success, with thousands enjoying the new set-up and showing that Glasgow really can put on a party.
“The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s has become the ‘must-have’ ticket for the May Bank Holiday weekend and with this years Movies theme, the fans will have another cracking weekend.
“We’ve been working very hard to make this year bigger and even better and we’re really excited about bringing the HSBC Sevens World Series back to Glasgow.”
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “We are once again looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s top rugby players to Scotstoun for what will be a weekend of top-class international action.
“Last year’s Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s was a great success and we want to build on that as we look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. We can’t wait for the action to get underway.”
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the home of rugby sevens and that is reflected by the excitement and the passion for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s.
“The HSBC Sevens World Series has truly global appeal, and the Glasgow leg will continue to showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events, while generating a significant economic impact by attracting visitors to the area”.