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October 11, 2017

Seven Reasons to Come to San Francisco for the Rugby World Cup Sevens

Rugby sevens has a tremendous fan base outside the U.S., so you might be wondering why the 2018 World Cup is being held in San Francisco. Well, wonder no more! Here are seven reasons why San Francisco is the perfect place for the Rugby World Cup Sevens and why you should come see it.

A Sporting City

San Francisco is widely known as a hotbed for music, technology and politics; but it's also a city with a strong tradition of sport. Whether it's the Giants, the 49ers or the Warriors, the major Bay Area franchises have storied pasts and rabid supporters. It's not just our teams that are beloved. You won't find a more beautiful ballpark than AT&T Park, the site of 2018's rugby action. We're no strangers to championships here, having hosted the biggest events in American sport (baseball's World Series and football's Super Bowl) on four occasions in the past seven years. And those vocal locals we mentioned? When they're not cheering in the stands, they're out being active themselves. With San Francisco's pleasant, year-round, temperate climate and beautiful surroundings, you can bike, hike, kayak, sail or run in the sun almost any time.

An Iconic Destination 

There are few cities as easily recognized as San Francisco. Whether it be the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, or the Painted Ladies, the city is full of iconic sights you can't experience anywhere else. When you visit for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, you'll have all these unique attractions at your feet (and we mean that literally; the city is totally walkable).

You're Always Welcome

San Francisco prides itself on being a city that celebrates diversity. We know that our city is a better place to live and a better place to visit when we have as many different cultures, styles, languages and loves within it. No matter what you may hear or experience elsewhere, San Francisco is always open to you.

The West Coast Gateway

If you're a rugby fan in New Zealand or South Africa or even the U.K., you might think that getting to San Francisco could be a tall order. Thanks to our outstanding international airport, that's not the case. At San Francisco International Airport (SFO), just 11 miles south of the city, 41 international carriers service 49 global destinations. If your country is competing in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, chances are we have a flight waiting for you!

Overload Your Taste Buds

San Francisco has been at the forefront of so many culinary movements, from new styles to sustainability. There are just as many options for your meals as there are for your activities. You can go on a culinary world tour without ever leaving city limits. And our proximity to wine country means even the most seasoned palette will be dazzled.

A Cultural Powerhouse 

Need some time to indulge your creative side? San Francisco has a prize collection of museums, performing arts institutions, and public art that will awe and inspire you. Whether you want to be at a symphony hall or in a mosh pit, at an author talk-back or a stand-up comedy show, admiring classic sculpture or meeting the artist behind some truly outrageous new work, San Francisco has endless cultural opportunities for you.

Go Beyond San Francisco

On top of everything you can find within San Francisco's 49 square miles, the greater Bay Area offers countless memorable experiences. Whether you head south to Monterey, north to Napa or Sonoma, or all the way east to Yosemite, San Francisco's location means you're one to four hours away from beaches, mountains, wineries and more.

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