BC Place Stadium lit up with flags of World Rugby Sevens Series nations (PHOTOS)

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Over the past few days, Vancouver’s skyline from False Creek has been decorated with the flags of the 16 countries participating in this weekend’s World Rugby Sevens Series tournament.

B.C. Place Stadium’s iconic Northern Lights exterior lighting system has been glowing brightly with the flags of the participating nations since Monday, and the display will continue daily until Sunday evening. Each day, stadium operators will turn on the lights in the morning from 6 a.m. to sunrise then again in the evening from sunset to 11 p.m.

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The stadium’s exterior lighting system is frequently turned on for B.C. Lions and Whitecaps home games, concerts, special events and occasions, and holidays.

Excitement in the city for the tournament has been building up for weeks, but it is not a one-off as the two-day event will return each year for the next three years. This is Vancouver’s inaugural year as one of the annual stops for the global tournament, joining four other new host cities including Cape Town, Paris, Singapore, and Sydney.

Over 56,000 tickets for the two-day tournament were sold out on February 25, with capacity capped at 28,000 seats by only using the lower bowl. Due to high demand, another 5,000 seats were released earlier this week, increasing the tournament’s configuration capacity to 33,000.

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