World-class rugby 7s.
A traditional rugby match features 15 players on each side. Rugby 7s is a variant that features seven players. Rugby 7s is fast game as players, playing on the same size field as traditional rugby, have much more room to move. Matches have a shorter game clock, too, meaning entire tournaments can fit into a single weekend. Infinity Park, home of the Glendale Raptors, hosts just such a tournament. Its annual RugbyTown 7s tournament takes place every August.
In a typical tournament, 20 teams from countries around the world, travel to Glendale, Colorado, including national teams looking to break onto rugby’s big stage. In addition to world-class rugby teams, the RugbyTown 7s tournament draws the rugby teams from all five U.S. military branches and top U.S. teams. In addition to a $10,000 winner-take-all cash prize, the tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the Fiji Coral Coast Sevens.
The entire City of Glendale, Colorado celebrates the RugbyTown 7s tournament weekend with plenty of entertainment and a festival atmosphere.
The annual beerfest, “Bruises and Brews,” is held on Saturday during the tournament and features more than 20 local craft breweries and distilleries, located on the Festival Plaza situated adjacent to the stadium.
RugbyTown USA: The original vision of creating an epicenter for rugby in the U.S. lends to the moniker of RugbyTown USA.
In this vision, Infinity Park is not just a boon for rugby fans and players in Colorado: It’s a plus for the rugby community across the country. The RugbyTown 7s tournament is emblematic of rugby’s
growing popularity. This fun, fast-paced version of the sport became an official event in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games for the first time. Infinity Park is a beacon, a place where the top U.S. rugby talent can develop, which is just another example of how Infinity Park is becoming America’s rugby capital.
Photos by Justin Purdy and Travis Prior