Sixteen teams from around the globe will compete in the 2015 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament when it takes over Sam Boyd Stadium Friday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 15.
This variation on traditional rugby features two seven-player teams battling in 14-minute matches, 45 in all, and many of these teams will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a first for the sport. The United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Kenya are among the teams in the hunt.
Aside from buying tickets to the tournament, starting at $38 for field-level passes, here are five ways to get in on the action.
—Double Barrel Roadhouse at the Monte Carlo will kick off the tournament with a party hosted by the Kenya Rugby Union from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday; $25 at the door.
—Rockhouse at the Venetian has a $50 open bar Wednesday, Feb. 11, through Sunday. Viewing and after-hours parties hit the spot on Friday from 4 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
—PBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops has a $50 all-day open bar or $5 Coors specials. Matches will be broadcast live on 105 TVs. Rugby fans and players will also receive 10 percent off the total bill by showing a USA Sevens ticket stub or team credentials. Team Canada dines there on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
—Diablo’s Cantina at the Monte Carlo will hold viewing parties from Friday to Sunday with a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. with $5 margaritas, beer and well cocktails and $4 tacos.
—Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop Gardens at Paris Las Vegas will throw parties for the rugby teams. On Friday night, the Drop Kick party lets guests meet the players, then on Saturday night, fans are encouraged to wear their favorite rugby costumes to the club’s costume party. Sunday night brings the official Sevens Parade of Champions, where the top two winning teams will be showcased. Open bars start at $50 for a one-day pass and $125 for all three days.