SAN JOSE, Calif. – World Rugby announced today that the United States has won the bid for the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens. World Rugby accepted a bid put forth by USA Rugby, with the tournament being co-hosted at Avaya Stadium.
“Avaya Stadium continues to attract world-class events,” said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. “We’re extremely proud to be able co-host such a prestigious tournament and to help put the City of San Jose on the world’s stage.”
World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “Rugby Sevens continues to go from strength to strength, proving a hit with fans, broadcasters and sponsors around the globe with its winning blend of compelling and competitive action, global destinations and festival atmosphere.
“Rugby World Cup Sevens is at the heart of the success story and we are delighted to be awarding these prestigious hosting rights to USA Rugby after a competitive process.”
USA Rugby CEO Nigel Melville will hold a press conference at Avaya Stadium on Thursday, May 14 at 2:30 p.m. PT. The press conference will feature City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.
“This is a truly historic moment for rugby in the United States,” said Melville. “Not only will we be playing in two world-class venues, but we will do it in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. With amazing hotel accommodations, travel options and dining, rugby fans from across the world will be treated to a first-class experience.”
In addition to Avaya Stadium, AT&T Park, located in San Francisco, will be a co-host for the tournament.
Rugby will make its return to the Summer Olympics with a Rugby Sevens tournament at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rugby was last played in the Olympics in 1924, with the United States taking the gold medal.