Police praised the organisers for a trouble-free weekend at the Wellington Sevens. But organisers said they’d been expecting more people. About 10,000 attended on Saturday, and only 8000 on Sunday.
After the first day, Inspector Terry van Dillen said he was very happy with crowd behaviour and believed the changes made to the event were right. “It’s been a great day from our point of view and has gone off without a hitch. Organisers are on the right course.”
Wellington Free Ambulance reported a peaceful first day for medics. Patients were treated for minor scrapes and headaches.
HSBC Wellington Sevens General Manager Steve Dunbar said more than 10,000 people had enjoyed a first day that reflected the direction organisers hoped the tournament would take.
“While we’d been expecting slightly more fans, we were thrilled with the feel-good vibe in the stands. There was plenty of banter, dancing and costumes, but we also saw the crowd really get into the on-field action.
“The Fijian community turned out in force to cheer for their Olympic gold medal heroes, and created a real buzz. Our new Food and Fizz Alley has been a hit. The top chefs struggled to keep up with demand.
“We have never shied away from the fact that we needed to make changes to the tournament to make it fun for everyone, and we’ve taken a big step towards that.”
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At the end of the second day, police “commended the overwhelming majority of people for their behaviour while attending the Sevens” and said they were “generally pleased with the conduct of those who attended.”
One person was arrested for trespass on Saturday for refusing to leave while intoxicated. On Sunday one person was arrested for disorder on the walkway to the stadium.
Security staff at the Stadium ejected or turned away a total of 55 people over both days.
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