The USA sevens tournaments is one of the newest additions to the IRB world sevens series calendar, first being introduced in 2004 for the 03-04 season. The USA rugby sevens leg is already proving a hit with fans.
This is part of the IRB's intentions of spreading the game of rugby, in both 15 and 7 a side versions, throughout the world, and the USA is marked down as one of the major markets that the IRB is looking to crack, for both spectators and increasing the strength of the American national side.
To this end the USA sevens tournament was added to the World series roster, first of all taking place in the Home depot center in Los Angeles, to great acclaim. Since then it has moved to the Petco Park in San Diego where it benefits from far higher temperatures and predictable weather conditions.
With Setanta TV picking up the coverage of the world series in the USA more and more fans are getting to see the enjoyment that supporting sevens rugby can bring, and more and more fans are 'switched on' by finding the game every year.
Petco Park is also the home of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. Able to seat over 42,000 sevens fans this is a great stadium for watching rugby in. With a giant high definition screen showing replays to fans, and 244 other TV screens spread around the stadium, any rugby fan attending will be sure to catch all the action, no matter where in the stadium they are.
Interestingly the USA sevens tournament in February marks the culmination of 'rugby week' in San Diego, a week that includes the San Diego Invitational tournament, a two-day competition that features top college and amateur teams from around the United States.
San Diego is known the world over for its love of a good party and with its thousands of bars and clubs to choose from any spectators making the trip to watch the Sevens tournament there will be spoilt for choice.
With a combination of a great party town like San Diego and a week long festival of rugby, it is easy to see why rugby is growing in popularity so fast in the United States. It is also easy to see why so many fans like to make the trip to the States, with great weather, top class rugby and a city with so much to offer.