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Austin FC's Q2 Stadium to swap soccer for 'party-like' rugby championship this July

Austin will welcome the Premier Rugby Sevens Championship as its first non-soccer event this July. (Premier Rugby Sevens/Twitter)

Austin's Q2 Stadium will soon host its first non-soccer sporting event as it gears up to welcome the Premier Rugby Sevens 2022 Championship Weekend on Saturday, July 30.

The championship tournament will feature the best of the PR7s league, an equal-pay professional rugby league which holds four men's and four women's teams under the same umbrella.

Q2 Stadium, which normally hosts sold-out crowds for new MLS soccer club Austin FC, will add to its growing hosting repertoire with a championship weekend complete with bands, DJs, games, and special appearances in a festival atmosphere as Olympians and other top-notch athletes compete for the grand prize.

The league touts four men's and women's teams—including the Experts, Headliners, Loggerheads, and Loonies—and featured 15 Olympians in front of a cumulative audience of 472,000 viewers in its October 2021 debut.

Now, it's expanding to a multi-city format, with two tournaments consisting of brisk 14-minute matches set to be held at other MLS stadiums before the big day in Austin. The best men's and women's teams will then be crowned in the growing sports city of Austin.

Aside from Austin FC, Q2 Stadium has held both the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams as well multiple Liga MX clubs, while Austin itself recently welcomed NASCAR, the PGA Tour/World Championship Dell Match Play golf tournament and Major League Pickleball, the city's first homegrown professional league.


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