World-class rugby 7s.
Since 2011, Glendale’s RugbyTown 7s tournament has attracted top rugby competition from around the planet. Not only do top domestic and international clubs bring their best talent to RugbyTown USA in August each year, representative teams from all five branches of the US Military, participate as well in the fast-paced sevens rugby action.
The popularity of RugbyTown’s signature annual event should come as no surprise, particularly as the city’s professional team, the Glendale Raptors, made their explosive debut in Major League Rugby during their inaugural season in 2018. Glendale’s extended rugby programming, which includes amateur club play, a Women’s Premier League team, and Glendale Youth Rugby, makes clear that the city remains committed to providing players and coaches a pathway to professional play, and to growing the sport in the United States.
Destination RugbyTown USA.
Tournament pool play on Friday, additional pool and knockout play on Saturday, and semi‐finals and championship matches on Sunday add to the anticipation and the festival atmosphere. As in years past, adding to that atmosphere is Glendale’s annual beer festival, hosted by Infinity Park. Taking place immediately adjacent and overlooking the stadium, the event features over twenty local breweries along with distilleries and some hard ciders. Beer and rugby – better together!
Each August, the RugbyTown Sevens Tournament shows that the world plays rugby in Glendale.
Photos by Justin Purdy and Travis Prior